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An Emergency Operations Centre has been activated at Level One in response to the Buckinghorse River fire.

The Peace River Regional District says the EOC will support BC Wildfire Service and its response to the 4,800-hectare fire that was reported Monday. Highway 97 is closed between Sikanni Chief Road and Prophet River Road for 59.3 km.

At Level One activation, emergency alerts are provided to area residents and the PRRD is preparing to provide emergency social services in the Buckinghorse River area as needed.

“The weather forecast for the next three days indicates strong potential for thunderstorms with lightning activity, continuing high temperatures and windy conditions that could result in more wildfires in the Peace region. If that happens, a higher level of EOC activation may be required,” said the PRRD in a statement Wednesday.

The BC Wildfire Service says on its scale the fire is currently at a six, which is the highest rank.

“It’s pretty much the fire completely takes over,” says a Prince George Fire Centre representative.

Crews are currently waiting to engage the fire safely.

Residents are encouraged to sign up for the North East BC Emergency & Public alert system to receive notifications in case of an emergency or critical situation.

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