UPDATE: District of Tumbler Ridge activates Emergency Operations Centre

UPDATE: As of July 3rd at 9 a.m., three additional fires have started in the Tumbler Ridge area. Two are near …

UPDATE: As of July 3rd at 9 a.m., three additional fires have started in the Tumbler Ridge area. Two are near Gwillim Lake Park and the other near Wolverine River. All are suspected to be caused by lightning and are currently 0.01 hectares.

TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – The District of Tumbler Ridge has activated its Emergency Operations Centre to support wildfire monitoring.

There are currently three active wildfires surrounding the district, the largest being a 650-hectare fire near Tentfire Creek.

“This fire was expected to grow overnight and today,” said the district in a statement Friday. ” It is located approximately 24 kilometres away from the townsite and travelling in a northwesterly direction.”

Another fire near Hook Creek remains at 36 hectares, while a new 0.3-hectare wildfire is being reported near the Sukunka Falls Provincial Park.

Lightning is the suspected cause of the wildfires.

“With the forecasted weather conditions remaining, further growth of these fires are expected. The BC Wildfire Service is still actively monitoring these fires, and are regularly updating the District as to their conditions. ”

There are currently no evacuation alerts in place, but the district will continue to work with BC Wildfire Service and Emergency Management BC.

Updates will be posted to the District of Tumbler Ridge’s website, and through social media streams as time permits.

“Emergency preparedness is an invaluable tool to help keep you and your families’ safe in the event that you may need to leave quickly. Please take a moment to visit www.preparedbc.ca to learn how you can plan ahead.”

Residents are advised to register for the NEBC Emergency and Public Alert System to receive possible evacuation alerts.

Click here to register for the alerts.

Monkman Provincial Park and Kinuseo Falls Road were closed Friday morning due to the wildfires.

There are 36 active wildfires in the Prince George Fire Centre.

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