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TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. –  The Tumbler Ridge Fire Department is requesting information from the public relating to a brush fire behind Bergeron Drive.

The department received a report of smoke in a wooded area behind the 200 block of Bergeron Drive around 4:40 p.m. on Wednesday. Once at the scene, firefighters witnessed residents attempting to put out the fire.

“If not for the quick thinking of these residents, the severity of this event would have been much greater,” said the fire department in a release. Fire crews took over, continuing to extinguish the fire and hot spots.

The cause of the fire is unknown, but a preliminary investigation by the fire department showed it may have involved a prohibited campfire. According to the fire department, the fire was located near a log structure that seems to be used regularly.

“Several other fires were also located nearby, indicating that the area might be used by kids, teenagers, or younger adults. A small container of what appears to be gasoline and a lighter were also found in close proximity to where the fire was started.”

Fire investigators have seized the items on scene for further analysis.

Due to the high risk of wildfires, the district has implemented burning restrictions within the municipal boundaries, including a campfire ban.

There are currently three wildfires near the district.

The Tentfire Creek fire is still covering around 2,800 hectares, said the district. As of Wednesday, firefighters were building a guard around a small escape from the existing guard. Helicopters are also working to cool down hot spots near the edge of the fire. A contingency guard is being built from Mast Road at km eight to a gas plant two km away.

The fire near Hook Creek is being held at 258 hectares, and Monkman Provincial Park remains closed. The .7 hectare fire near wolverine valley is now classified as being held.

There are 61 active fires in the Prince George Fire Centre, including the Peace region.


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