Tumbler Ridge still monitoring wildfires

TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – The District of Tumbler Ridge is still monitoring active wildfires in its municipal boun…

TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – The District of Tumbler Ridge is still monitoring active wildfires in its municipal boundary.

There are currently six active wildfires surrounding the district, including near Tentfire Creek, which has grown to 700-hectares.

“The recent rainfall and shift in winds have greatly assisted in keeping the fire growth to a minimum in the Tumbler Ridge area. Up to 10 mm of rain was received over the last 24 hours with more forecasted this evening,” said the district in an update on Sunday.

“This was a welcome sight and has provided the BC Wildfire crews with a larger window in order to complete their activities in the area.”

The district says there may be heavy air traffic in the area as additional aircraft resources have been called in.

“Crews and equipment are working to establish machine guards, with aerial support from helicopter bucketing. A contingency guard is also nearly complete.”

Another fire near Hook Creek has reduced in size to cover 180 hectares.

Monkman Provincial Park, including Kinuseo Falls and the Kinuseo Falls Campground, remains closed, and the road entry into the park is now blocked.

Lightning is the suspected cause of the wildfires.

“The remaining smaller fires in the area are still being monitored by the BC Wildfire Service; the status of one has been updated to “under control.”

The Emergency Operations Centre remains at level one in order to coordinate the gathering and dissemination of information, said the district.

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

Daily updates will be posted around 5 p.m. to the District of Tumbler Ridge’s website and through social media streams.

“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.

There are 41 active wildfires in the Prince George Fire Centre.

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