Lightning starts six more fires in Northeast B.C.

This is a stock photo of a forest fire in B.C.

The Prince George Fire Centre has responded to eight new fires over the weekend.  Six of these fires are in the northeast corner of the Province.

The largest fire is currently 1,300 hectares in size east of Mount Bigfoot.  Mount Bigfoot is located east of Prophet River.  There is a structure to the east of this fire. The structure has been surrounded by fire retardent and crews are on route to set up sprinklers if it is safe to do so. 

The new fires are being assessed and prioritized.  Many of the new fires are located in remote areas an access by ground is limited.  All of these fires are suspected to be lightning-caused.

One of the largest fires burning in the northeast is the Petitot River Fire, located 110 km northeast of Fort Nelson.  The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality issued an evacuation alert for an area near the fire that includes the Penn West Wildboy facility.

Learn more about this evacuation alert, by clicking here.

At this time there are no fire bans in Northeast B.C.  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.