Cameron River wildfire grows, Boundary Lake wildfire holds steady

The Cameron River wildfire is approximately 352 hectares due to the winds from the north Tuesday evening.

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An aerial view of a lot of forest land with smoke covering half the sky coming from a distant wildfire.
Smoke coming from the Boundary Lake Wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service, Facebook)

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Cameron River wildfire is approximately 352 hectares due to the winds from the north Tuesday evening.

According to the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS), the rest of the fire’s perimeter is secure, and crews are working on new containment lines around the two spots of the fire that went over the existing containment line.

Seven pieces of heavy equipment, 30 firefighters and helicopter support are still working on the fire as needed.

The evacuation order for the Cameron River wildfire was cancelled Wednesday evening, though an evacuation alert remains.

The Graham River Bridge is closed to traffic, and the Haystack Forest Service Road Bridge is restricted to vehicles under one ton due to the Cameron River wildfire.

The Boundary Lake wildfire is still being held at 6,171 hectares, with 30 firefighters patrolling and extinguishing hotspots along the perimeter.

Additionally, BCWS has rehabilitation specialists on-site to plan how to bring the ecosystem where the fire guards are located back to its previous state.

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

The Boundary Lake wildfire evacuation alert was cancelled Wednesday evening.

The Hockey Creek wildfire discovered on May 14th is still out of control and has grown to 6,902 hectares.

The Katah Creek wildfire, believed to have been naturally caused, grew to 17,192 hectares and is also considered out of control.

There are approximately 15 wildfires in the Peace region, according to BCWS.

For the latest information on wildfires, visit BCWS’s website.

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