Two wildfires burning near the Monkman Provincial Park: District of Tumbler Ridge

TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – The District of Tumbler Ridge says there are two wildfires burning near the Monkman Provincial Park.

“One is approximately 25 hectares in size and 8 kilometers from the park campground, the other is approximately 7.5 hectares in size and is located inside the park itself. At this time, they have both been determined to be lightening caused.”

BC Parks made the decision to close the park on Wednesday.

The District of Tumbler Ridge says there is a barricade set up at approximately kilometre marker 22 on the Murray Forest Service Road to warn the public of the closure and prevent them from entering the park.

Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds told Energeticcity.ca on Friday that the fires burning in the area were not a threat to public safety or any nearby structures.

“Local fire officials have been in contact with the Prince George Fire Centre, and both are confident that these fires do not possess a significant hazard to the people of Tumbler Ridge at this time.”