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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Peace region currently has approximately 14 active wildfires, according to the BC Wildfire Service.
The Boundary Lake wildfire is no longer considered a wildfire of note as of Tuesday, May 16th.
The fire is approximately 6,171 hectares, with 30 firefighters responding to the fire on the B.C. side. The fire is now classified as being held, which means it is unlikely to spread beyond predetermined boundaries under prevailing conditions.
The Cameron River fire is approximately 352 hectares and is expected to grow due to the winds from the north Tuesday evening. There are 62 firefighters responding to the wildfire throughout the day.
The incident management team stationed in Fort St. John anticipates fire behaviour to continue to display aggressive spread rates because of the area’s unseasonably hot and dry conditions.
Visibility will continue to be low due to the smoke in the region.
According to the BCWS, crews had made progress in containing the Cameron River wildfire. However, due to the winds from Monday, gusting up to 60 kilometres per hour, extreme spotting occurred and burning fuel was carried outside the perimeter.
On Tuesday, crews will focus on re-evaluating containment lines and ensuring no further spotting could threaten adjacent properties.
Cameron River residents have been asked to evacuate the area.
Other active fires in the Peace:
A 4,280 out-of-control wildfire was sparked on May 14th near Hockey Creek, and the cause is still under investigation.
A 25-hectare fire near Road 224 is under control. It was discovered on May 13th and was human-caused.
An out-of-control wildfire was sparked by natural causes on May 13th, west of Conroy Creek is approximately 7,200 hectares.
Small fires believed to be caused by humans near Donis Road and Halfway River are now under control.
A 15,260-hectare wildfire is out of control near Katah Creek. It was sparked by natural causes and discovered on May 13th.
The wildfire near Rolla Creek is under control at 63 hectares, and the 70-hectare wildfire near Coffee Creek is also under control.
The fire northwest of Highway 29 and Moberly Lake is 120 hectares and under control. The 154-hectare fire near Blueberry River is also under control.
On Tuesday, the BCWS confirmed that the Stoddart Creek wildfire is approximately 20 to 25 kilometres from Fort St. John, and planning is underway in the event the community is asked to evacuate.
The Red Creek wildfire is approximately 2,947 hectares, and 62 firefighters are responding to the fire.
For the latest update, visit BC Wildfire Service’s or the Peace River Regional District’s websites.
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