Prince George Fire Centre confirms 45 fires since yesterday

The fire in Baldonnel that started on Monday. Photo by Adam Reaburn

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Prince George Fire Centre has confirmed that 20 fires are currently burning in the Fort St. John Zone, and 17 fires in the Dawson Creek Zone.

In the range of the Prince George Fire Centre, 45 fires have started burning since Monday morning.

Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds says a fire in Charlie Lake is estimated to be 250 hectares in size, and that the local fire department is responding and attacking the blaze.

A fire in Attachie, 35 kilometres west of Fort St. John, is estimated to be 500 hectares in size. Crews are on site.

Here is the most up to date information about the biggest fires in the Fort St. John zone.  This information was updated at 7:30 p.m. April 19.

  • The Charlie Lake fire (G80065) west of Charlie Lake, near Fort St. John, is estimated at 250 hectares in size. The local fire department is responding. The Peace River Regional District has issued an evacuation order and alert related to this wildfire.
  • The South Taylor Hill fire (G70067), which is south of community of Taylor, B.C., is estimated at 850 hectares in size. BC Wildfire Service firefighters are on site assisting with the local fire department. The Peace River Regional District has issued an evacuation order and alert related to this wildfire.

  • The Baldonnel fire (G80040), which is located five kilometres east of the community of Baldonnel, is estimated at 420 hectares in size. Fire activity has significantly decreased and the local fire department is responding to this incident. The Peace River Regional District has issued an evacuation order and alert related to this wildfire.
  • The Attachie fire (G80051), which is located 35 kilometres west of Fort St. John, along Highway 29, is estimated at 500 hectares in size. BC Wildfire Service crews are on site. Travel advisories have been issued along Highway 29.
  • The Beaton Airport Road fire (G80046), which is located 45 kilometres north of Fort St. John, is estimated at 4500 hectares in size, although ascertaining an accurate size is difficult due to smoke and poor visibility. Resources are being sent to this incident. No evacuation alerts or orders have been issued at this time.
  • The Hudson’s Hope fire (G70037), which is located four kilometres northwest of Hudson’s Hope, is estimated at 300 hectares in size. BC Wildfire Service crews are on site assisting the local fire department. The District of Hudson’s Hope has issued an evacuation alert related to this wildfire.

The Prince George Fire Centre has also called for restrictions on open burning, due to drier than normal conditions this spring.

This prohibition will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified. Anyone conducting Category 2 or Category 3 fires anywhere in the Fire Centre must extinguish them by noon on April 20.

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