Five new forest fires started in the Prince George Fire Centre Wednesday.

Out of those five, three were lightning caused and two human caused. Three of the fires started in the Fort Nelson Zone with one reaching five hectares in size and required action from airtankers. The other two started in the Chetwynd and MacKenzie regions. The Fire Centre says all the fires are expected to be mopped up by the end of the day Thursday.

The fire danger rating in the Fort St. John area is moderate with a moderate to high rating for the rest of the Prince George Fire Centre.

Steve Thomson, Minster of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations says “It’s disappointing that two of these five fires were caused by
people. Fighting these unnecessary fires diverts our resources from
dealing with lightning-caused fires.”

The Prince George Fire Centre extends 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.