Forest Fire smoke drifting into Fort Nelson

The Wildfire Management Branch has received several reports of smoke drifting into Fort Nelson in the past few hours. There are no new fires in the Fort Nelson area. Aircraft have flown the areas surrounding Fort Nelson and no new wildfires have been detected.

The smoke the public is seeing is drifting in from fires in surrounding areas. No infrastructure or property in the Fort Nelson area is currently at risk from these fires. There are currently two modified response fires burning to the west and northwest of Fort Nelson. The Dunedin River Fire is 100 kilometres west of Fort Nelson and is currently estimated at 5000 hectares and the Kechika River Fire is 300 kilometres northwest of Fort Nelson and is estimated at 2400 hectares. Both fires are currently exhibiting active fire behaviour which is resulting in high levels of smoke.

The Theelandoa Creek Fire is 100 kilometres northeast of Fort Nelson and is currently 950 hectares in size. There are currently 111 firefighters and an Incident Management Team working on this fire.

Smoke has the ability to disperse hundreds of kilometres from its original source. A smoke forecast for your area can be obtained here: http://www.bcairquality.ca/bluesky/west/index.html

Up-to-date information on burning restrictions and current wildfire activity can be obtained online at www.bcwildfire.ca or by calling 1 888 3-FOREST. To report smoke, flames or an unattended open fire, call *5555 on a cellphone or 1 800 663-5555 toll-free.