Gray weather helps cool northern fires

Cooler temperatures and a little rain have helped in the battle against some of Northern BC’s forest fires.

The Prince George Fire Centre is reporting the 329 hectare Prophet River fire is now 90 per cent contained, and is now into the mop-up and control phase.

The fire at the junction of the Smith and Liard Rivers remains only 35 per cent contained, but its rate of growth has slowed, though it still covers almost 232 square kilometres.

The 80 square kilometre Tyaughton Lake wildfire is now 100 per cent contained, and crews are now monitoring the blaze, and tending to any troublesome hotspots.

The Prince George Fire Centre has now rescinded open-fire bans in some parts of the region, though the category 2 and 3 ban remains in effect for the Peace and Fort Nelson areas.

Fire Information Officer Jillian Chimko says crews have now responded to 110 fires in the region since the beginning of April, 72 of which were human-caused.

For more information, visit http://bcwildfire.ca/

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