More fires start in the Peace Region

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A fire just one kilometre away from Milligan Creek, near Rose Prairie, is about a quarter of a hectare in size right now, says Fire Information Officer Emily Epp. The BC Wildfire Service suspects this fire was caused by a person.

Another fire, near Farmington, is currently three hectares in size, and another one southwest of Dawson Creek — though the BC Wildfire Service can’t yet confirm how big the fire is. No crews are on site of either fire.

Two fires near Hudson’s Hope have been upgraded to ‘fires of note,’ which Epp says is for fires that the public have concerns about, because they are quite visible and people need answers for questions about them. She says it does not necessarily mean that the fires are dangerous to residents.

The Carter Road fire is guessed to be about 326 hectares in size, with 18 firefighters and two helicopters battling it. The Hudson’s Hope fire is 284 hectares in size, at estimation, with seven firefighters on scene — assisted by heavy equipment.

Both fires are about 50 per cent contained.

Epp also confirmed that the Aitken Creek fire is in mop up, meaning that crews are still extinguishing hot spots around the fire, but it is under control.