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TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – The District of Tumbler Ridge says high winds and temperatures over the weekend caused increased wildfire activity and growth in the area.

The BC Wildfire Service updated the perimeters and estimated sizes of the fires near Tumbler Ridge over the weekend at the district’s request.

“While these updates may seem large, many of the fires have not been updated since they were originally reported up to ten days ago. The size increase of the fires is not cause for alarm as the growth has been gradual and monitored by the BCWS,” said the district in a wildfire update on Monday.

The Tentfire Creek fire is now around 3,148 hectares and is still approximately 14 kilometres away from the town site. Crews continue to work along the fireguard near Mast Road, however, helicopters were grounded yesterday due to limited visibility.

“Visibility is limited again today. Conditions are being continually assessed, and aviation resources will be deployed once conditions are safe,” said the district.

” In the interest of public safety, the Kinuseo Falls Road (Murray FSR) is now closed near the Quintette Mine site.”

The fire in Bearhole Lake Provincial Park is now estimated to be 2,769 hectares in size and is moving east away from Tumbler Ridge.

The Ridgeview Creek fire, 1 near Wapiti Lake, is now estimated to be 6,500 hectares in size and is also moving east into a previously burned area from a 2014 wildfire.

The area is expected to receive rainfall in the coming days as a cold front is moving through the region.

The District of Tumbler Ridge Emergency Operations Centre and the BC Wildfire Service continues to be in contact and are actively monitoring the status of the fires. Information will be posted to the district’s website as it becomes available.

 

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