Nine new forest fires in the B.C. Peace since Friday

Local residents worked to fight a fire at Mile 57 of the Alaska Highway April 29.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Forest firefighters and local residents continue to work new fires that started Saturday in the B.C. Peace.

At least seven new fires have started in the last 24 hours.  We are still awaiting official information from the Forest Service, as of 8 a.m., they have not returned our messages from Saturday or this morning.

Here is the information we have been able to gather as of 8 a.m. Sunday:

  • Mile 57/Sawyer Road – The fire is 4 hectares in size and according to eye witnesses, the fire is contained.
  • Goodlow – The fire is located south of Cecil Lake Road near the 291A road.  This fire is 35 hectares in size.
  • Goodlow – This fire is located south of the Cecil Lake Road and is 12 hectares in size.
  • Boundary Lake – This fire is 0.09 in size.
  • Beryl Prairie – This fire is located west of Beryl Prairie and is 11 hectares.
  • Boucher Lake – There is a fire near Boucher lake that is 10 hectares
  • South of Dawson Creek – This fire is located 25km south of Dawson Creek and is 4 hectares.
  • Doig River First Nations – There is a fire 1.5 km south of the Doig that is 0.09 hectares.  There is also a fire 2km north of the Doig and that fire is 100 hectares.  These fires started on Friday.

Here is a map of the fires currently burning in the B.C. Peace.  You can also use the B.C. Government interactive fire map, by clicking here.

Forest fire map as of 8 a.m. May 1, 2016.
Forest fire map as of 8 a.m. May 1, 2016.

This video was sent to Energeticcity.ca of crews working a fire in the Cecil Lake area Saturday.

With the forecast calling for another day of warm temperatures and winds up to 40 km/h, residents are reminded that a burn ban remains in place for category 2 and 3 fires.  Only campfires that are less than half a metre in size are allowed in the B.C. Peace.

If you spot a forest fire, make sure you first call #5555 on your cell phone or 1-800-663-5555.  Also send us any information you have about local fires to news@moosefm.ca.  This includes any pictures or video.

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