Residents asked to check old burn piles

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

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Warm and dry weather continues to cause problems for residents and fire crews in the B.C. Peace.

Residents are being reminded that there is an open burning ban in place for category 2 and 3 fires.  This means only camp fires that are less than half a metre in size are allowed.

The Forest Service also asks residents to check their previous burn piles.  If you had a fire on your property last fall, the Forest Service is asking residents to check those burn piles and make sure they are still out.  With the warm and dry spring, old burn piles from last fall can spark up again and cause a fire.

Since Thursday, 9 new forest fires have started in the area.  Here is the information we have been able to gather as of 11:30 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.
  • Siphon Creek Fire – Crews have made progress on this fire even with increased fire activity on Saturday.  The last estimate is 1,400 hectares.
  • Beatton Airport Road – This fire is now 85 per cent contained even after increased fire activity on Saturday.  Crews were able to hold the fire in place with the warm weather and strong winds.
Forest fire map as of 8 a.m. May 1, 2016.
Forest fire map as of 8 a.m. May 1, 2016.

You can also use the B.C. Government interactive fire map, by clicking here.

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.