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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Wildfire smoke will continue rolling in and out of the Peace over the next couple of days, according to FireSmoke Canada.

It is projected that wildfires in northern B.C. and across the border in Alberta will continue to bring in small amounts of smoke to the area. A special air quality statement remains in effect in the Peace.

As of Thursday at 3: 30 p.m., the province’s air quality index at four, a moderate health risk. The data is forecasting Fort St. John to reach a five Thursday moving into a four in the evening and during the day on Friday.

Due to the smoke, Environment Canada says individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.

There are currently 65 active fires in the Prince George Fire Centre, seven being caused in the last two days.

Within the District of Tumbler Ridge boundary, the Tentfire Creek fire is covering 1,000. The BC Wildfire Service says a burn plan has been developed for the fire, around 20 kilometres away from the district.

“Guards are constructed, but the weather will not allow prescribed burn at this time, so crews are re-setting before returning early in the week,” said a BC Wildfire Service statement at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Crews remain on scene with firefighters and heavy equipment to maintain and establish new guards as required. Kinuseo Falls Road remains closed in both directions.

Monkman Provincial Park remains closed due to the 203 hectare wildfire near Hook Creek.

The Beatton River wildfire is 3,359 hectares in size; the Buckinghorse River fire is at 6,398 hectares in size, and the fire near Trutch Lake is at 3,450 hectares.

All three wildfires are currently being held.

Rainfall is expected for the area this weekend, which will assist in efforts to confine the fire.

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