UPDATE: The fire east of Tumbler Ridge is now 2,000 hectares.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Donnie Creek wildfire has grown to 240,480 hectares, making it the second-largest wildfire in B.C.’s history, according to BC Wildfire Service (BCWS).
The fire is second only to the Plateau wildfire of 2017, which burned within the Cariboo Wildfire Centre and reached over 500,000 hectares.
Because of the strong winds on Tuesday, the short-term objective for the Donnie Creek Complex will be to ensure the safety of all personnel working.
BCWS says fire growth is expected along the east flank due to the wind coming from the west.
When it is safe, crews will be using all firefighting methods as well as expanding a containment line to tie into the line created by planned ignitions on June 1st and 2nd.
According to BCWS, crews will continue to protect structures and industry assets in the area.
Two new fires were added to the Donnie Creek Complex; the Heck Creek and Holman Creek wildfires.
The Holman Creek wildfire, south of Coffee Lake Road, is 100 hectares and was discovered on June 5th. The fire is out of control and is suspected to be naturally caused.
The Heck Creek wildfire is 1,120 hectares and also out of control.
The Muskwa River wildfire, part of the Donnie Creek Complex, is 8,856 hectares and is still out of control.
The Klua Lakes wildfire, also part of the Donnie Creek Complex, is now 31,228 hectares and remains out of control.
The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality (NRRM) rescinded an evacuation order on May 28th for the Klua Lakes fire, and the area is now under an evacuation alert.
On June 6th, three new wildfires were discovered, a 2,000-hectare fire west of Kiskatinaw Riveer, a 20-hectare fire near Peavine Lake and a fire under one hectare South of Shekille River. All are out of control and naturally caused.
On June 5th, a three-hectare fire was discovered near Inga Creek and is being held.
On June 4th, a fire near Bubbles Creek was discovered. It is under control at one hectare.
The Tooga Creek wildfire has grown to approximately 13,347 hectares and remains out of control.
An evacuation alert remains in effect for the area.
The wildfires near Kotcho Lake, Arrow Creek and Kobes Creek have been distinguished.
There are approximately 26 active wildfires in the Prince George Fire Centre.
For the latest evacuation order and alert information, visit the Peace River Regional District’s and Northern Rockies Regional Municipality’s websites.
For the latest wildfire information, visit BCWS’ website.