Four wildfires out in Peace region, work continues on larger fires

Four wildfires have been put out in the Peace region while work continues on the Boundary Lake, Red Creek and Cameron River fires.

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A picture of smoke above a dirt road and trees with a black truck on the road.
Boundary Lake wildfire smoke. (Jordan Prentice, Energeticcity.ca)

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Four wildfires have been put out in the Peace region while work continues on the Boundary Lake, Red Creek and Cameron River fires.

The Bissette Creek, Buffalo Creek, Halfway River Ranch and the fire South of Taylor are no longer considered active.

According to the BC Wildfire Management team assigned to the North Peace Complex, nine firefighters and one operational field staff member are working on the Boundary Lake fire on the B.C. side.

They’re focusing on the northwest and southwest corners, assessing and falling trees that could be dangerous to people and equipment working on the fire. Crews are also extinguishing hot spots.

The active part of the Boundary Lake fire is on the Alberta side in the southeast corner, and BC Wildfire Service is working with Clear Hills County to work on removing fuel patches in the fire’s path.

The management team says 55 firefighters, three operational field staff, 16 pieces of heavy equipment and 35 structure protection personnel are working on the Red Creek fire.

Crews are working on the east flank, extending the hose lay and water delivery to further secure the machine guard. Heavy equipment is continuing work on the machine guard on the southwest corner.

A guard is a wide path or dirt road where all fuel is removed and can be achieved by hand or by machinery for larger guards, also known as a control line.

Over 30 firefighters, four pieces of heavy equipment and one operational field staff continue work on the Cameron River fire.

There are also 15 helicopters assigned to the entire complex the team can move around as needed.

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) reduced the size of the evacuation order on Tuesday for the Boundary Lake wildfire while an evacuation alert remains in place.

Areas of Red Creek are also under an evacuation order, and others are under an evacuation alert.

Due to the smoke from the wildfires in B.C. and Alberta, the air quality health index says Fort St. John is at moderate risk.

In areas with smoke, people considered at risk, including older people, children and people with lung conditions, should consider reducing or rescheduling strenuous outdoor activities if symptoms are experienced.

According to the Air Quality Health Index, the general population does not need to modify outdoor activities unless symptoms are experienced.

For more information on the wildfires across B.C., visit the BC Wildfire Service website.

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