Lightning starts More Forest Fires

Lightning started four new fires in the Prince George Fire Centre in the
past week.

All four new fires were less than one hectare in size and are either out or being patrolled
by crews. Patrol planes were used throughout the week to check for undetected hold-over fires
caused by lightning.

The fire danger rating is low to moderate throughout most of the Prince George Fire
Centre with areas of high in the Peace and Robson Valley. As warm and dry weather is expected
to continue into the weekend, the B.C. Forest Service reminds the public to be very careful with
campfires.

Since April 1, crews have responded to 268 fires throughout the Prince George Fire
Centre. Of these, 158 were caused by lightning and 110 by human activity.

The Prince George Fire Centre covers from the Yukon and Northwest Territories in the
north, to Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, Cottonwood River and Robson Valley in the south; and
from the Alberta border in the east to the Skeena Mountains in the west.

Geographically this area extends from Kinbasket Lake in the south to Endako in the west,
north to the Yukon border and east to the Alberta border.

The general public is our greatest ally in wildfire prevention and detection. To report a
wildfire or unattended campfire call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on most cellular networks. For
more information on open fire restrictions and updates on current wildfire activity visit
www.bcwildfire.ca.