Strong winds expected to increase Stoddart Creek wildfire activity

Strong winds are expected to increase fire activity in the newly reignited Stoddart Creek wildfire, according to the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS).
The Stoddart Creek wildfire was first discovered on May 13th. ( Jordan Prentice, )

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Strong winds are expected to increase fire activity in the Stoddart Creek wildfire, according to the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS).

Monday’s forecasted wind for the North Peace region will reach speeds of up to 40 kilometres per hour, with gusts of up to 60 kilometres per hour.

Adam Nicholas, information officer for the Prince George Fire Centre, says the fire has grown to approximately 29,506 hectares.

“There are currently 16 type-one firefighters, seven pieces of equipment and three helicopters actioning the fire,” said Nicholas.

“The crews are split between the northeast and northwest corner of the fire and working around critical infrastructure.”

The Stoddart Creek wildfire was discovered on May 13th and reignited on Friday due to fire activity in hotspots within the perimeter. 

The Sroddart Creek wildfire is currently 29,506 hectares. ( Jordan Prentice, )

On Friday night, the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) issued an evacuation alert and order due to the fire. Details on areas under evacuation alert and order can be found on the PRRD’s website. 

The Blueberry River First Nation Emergency Operations Centre also issued an evacuation alert, though Elders and members with chronic illness were asked to leave the community.  

In the Fort Nelson area, Nicholas says strong wind and wildfires are impacting Highway 77 approximately 91 to 70 kilometres south of the North West Territories and B.C. border. 

“Single-lane traffic has opened up from Kilometre 47 to Kilometre 68,” said Nicholas. 

Nicholas recommends that anyone travelling in the area to check Drive BC for updates. 

There are currently 126 wildfires within the Prince George Fire Centre and 405 burning throughout the province. 

More information about the current wildfire situation can be found on the BCWS website.


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