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PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — Most wildfires in the North Peace region are now under control or being held, except three near Prophet River, according to the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS).
A small suspected person-caused fire near Stewart Lake Trail south of Taylor has been put out after it started on October 10th.
The Milliken Creek wildfire, suspected to be person caused by the BCWS, is out of control at 1,050 hectares.
The fire that started on October 8th near Horseshoe Mountain is suspected to be person caused and is listed as out of control at 4.10 hectares.
The fire suspected to be caused by a person on October 5th near Falk Creek is out of control and 200 hectares.
The fire that started at the Blueberry Rodeo Ground on September 30th, suspected to be caused by a person, is now under control and sitting at 5.80 hectares, according to the BCWS.
The fire started by lightning near Graham River in August is being held at 63 hectares.
The BCWS says the Folded Hill Creek wildfire is still out of control and is now 1,661 hectares. This wildfire began on August 27th by lightning.
The Battleship Mountain wildfire is now listed as being held by the wildfire service and is 31,755 hectares.
The Moberly River wildfire that started in August is being held at 105 hectares, according to the BCWS.
The Bearhole Lake wildfire south of Tumbler ridge is under control and 6,299 hectares in size.
According to the Fire Danger Rating on the Government of B.C.’s website, most of the Peace Region is rated at an “extreme” daily danger rating as of October 11th.
According to the province, this means there are extremely dry forest fuels, and the fire risk is serious. New fires will start easily, spread quickly and be challenging to firefighters. Campfires and open burning are often banned during this time.
Currently, the Prince George Fire Centre has fireworks, sky lanterns, binary exploding targets, burn barrels, burn cages, air curtain burners, and category 2 and 3 open fires prohibited.
The province says a category 2 open fire is a fire that burns material in one pile not over two metres in height and three metres in width or material concurrently in two piles each not over two metres in height and three metres in width or stubble or grass over an area that does not exceed 0.2 hectares.
A category 3 open fire is a fire that burns material concurrently in three or more piles, each not over two metres in height and three metres in width, or material in one or more piles, each exceeding two metres in height or three metres in width, or one more windrows (row of cut hay or small grain crop) or stubble or grass over an area exceeding 0.2 hectares, according to the province.
The Prince George Fire Centre has 33 active wildfires, and provincially, there are 205 active wildfires.
There have been 1,680 wildfires provincially this year.
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