Update: Forest Fires around Fort St. John

Photo: The uncontrolled fire is currently burning on both sides of the Cecil Lake Road – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

***For an update on this fire Click Here

  

As of 5:30 Monday afternoon, the 103 road has been re-opened, but the area is still affected by the fire, four kilometers east of FSJ, and 20 kilometers west of Cecil Lake.

Fire Information officer Jillian Chimko, from the Prince George Fire Centre, says there are two houses that are now threatened by the fire. She says there are two helicopters bucketing the area, in case the fire gets too close to the houses.

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She says there have been no evacuation notices sent to the owners of the two houses as of yet.

There are 12 firefighters, three helicopters, two tank trucks, and air tankers en route to battle the 40 hectare blaze.

  

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

In addition, Chimko says two more fires have popped up in the region, late this afternoon.  The first is a 6 hectare blaze 8km West of Charlie Lake.  The second is an 8 HA fire, 25 km North of Cecil Lake near the Milligan Creek Road and the Kings Valley Christian Camp.  In both cases, at least one home is threatened, but no evacuations have been ordered.  Crews are on scene at both fires, and Chimko says more crews have been called in from further South, to help battle the fires.

According to eye witnesses, the Milligan Creek Road fire started in the Kings Valley Christian Camp and at one point the flames jumped on to the top of trees in the area.  At their peak the flames were over 100 feet in the air.  Thankfully the flames jumped the Beatton River and moved away from the Kings Valley Christian Camp leaving it unharmed.  The Milligan Creek Road remains open at this time.

An update will be provided when it becomes available. If you have any photos of the fires in the region, please email them to contact@energeticcity.ca.  Or if you spot a wild fire e-mail contact@energeticcity.ca or call 250-793-2326.

For photos of the fire Click Here

To see an updated status of any road issues, Click Here.

Map:  This map shows the location of all the fires around Fort St. John as of May 4th 2009.


View Fortest Fires around Fort St. John in a larger map

Photo:  Late Monday the fire on the 103 road jumped the road and started heading towards homes – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.ca

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