More fires burning in Northeastern BC

Map:  This map shows the size of the Liard/Smith River Fire – Submitted

Yet another fire has erupted near the Liard River Hot Springs.

The fire, which is 80 hectares in size, is around 50 kilometers away from the Smith/Liard fire.

Fire information officer Jillian Chimko says this fire started as a result of a lightning strike.

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Officials confirmed that the two-week old Smith/Liard fire also broke out due to lightning storms in the area.

Chimko says the number of lightning-caused fires this year is pretty much on par with last year. Meanwhile, the Smith/Liard fire remains 230 suqare kilometres in size, and 30 per cent contained.

15 residents in Coal River, Fireside and the Muddy River Indian Reserve #1 remain on alert. Chimko says that number has changed dramatically from 60 residents from last week.

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And another fire is burning 12 miles North East of Prophet River. The fire is an estimated 300 hectares in size, and was discovered on Monday.


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