No new forest fires in Northeast B.C.

The forest fire near Hasler Flatts

FORT ST. JOHN – Forest Fire Crews continue to monitor and fight fires in Northeast B.C.

The largest fire 8km away from Monkman Provincial Park is now 160 hectares in size.  Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds says crews continue to monitor this fire, but it isn’t threatening any structures or infrastructure.  If that changes, resources will be deployed to the fire.  The second fire near Monkman Park remains small at 2 hectares in size and crews continue to monitor that fire as well.

Monkman Provincial Park remains closed at this time as a precaution.

The forest fire near Hasler Flatts is still approximately 50 hectares in size.  Crews did not see any growth of the fire overnight Saturday, but there are still 45 fire fights, one helicopter and six pieces of equipment are working the fire.

Crews are expected to do a burnout operation on the fire, which will see officials remove possible fuel for the fire from the perimeter.

There was a report of a small fire north of Fort St. John Saturday, that fire is already out.  A water truck put out the fire Saturday evening and officials will check the area today to confirm the fire is still out.

Northeast B.C. remains under a special air quality advisory due to the smoke in the region.  The smoke has moved into the Peace and Fort Nelson area after the wind shifted from the north to the south.  The smoke is from all the large fires in the Cariboo and not from the fires reported above.  For more on that story, click here.

The warm temperatures of the past week have now pushed the fire danger rating in the Peace to high.  A province wide campfire and burning ban remains in place.  Only the City of Fort St. John has lifted the ban to allow small backyard campfires in City limits.

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