Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

Wildfire News Information Bulletin-July 9

Heavy smoke visible throughout northeastern B.C.

FORT NELSON – Over twenty-fires currently burning in the Fort Nelson area has led to thick smoke blanketing numerous northeastern communities including Prophet River, Fort St. John, and Fort Nelson.

Yesterday’s wind event, coupled with the recent wave of hot, dry weather, resulted in an increase in fire activity for many fires burning in the Fort Nelson area. The Big Beaver Creek fire, approximately 50 km south of Fort Nelson, grew to 8,200 hectares in size and caused a temporary closure of the Alaska Highway.  This highway is now open and traffic is being piloted between 386 km (Mile 240) and 418 km (Mile 260). 

The Big Beaver Creek wildfire remained quiet yesterday night and over 35 ground-personnel and air support was on site today. Heavy smoke continues to be visible in the community of Prophet River.  No communities are threatened at this time. 

The Akue Creek wildfire, burning 20 km southwest of Fort Nelson, is also generating a significant amount of smoke for the Fort Nelson area and surrounding communities. This fire grew to approximately 3,550 hectares in size but is not currently threatening the community of Fort Nelson. 

The 38,000 hectare Wadin Creek wildfire, located on the north and south side of the Kechika River, is also contributing to heavy smoke in the area. This fire is located approximately 14 km southwest from the Alaska Highway but is not immediately threatening the roadway. 

Smoke may disperse hundreds of kilometres from its source. Smoke forecasts for specific areas can be obtained online at: www.bcairquality.ca/bluesky/west/index.html

For general information about smoke and health concerns, contact HealthLink BC available toll free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 8-1-1, or via the web at: http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/kbaltindex.asp 

If you see flame or smoke, report it by calling 1 800-663-5555 or *5555 on your cell phone. 

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to http://www.bcwildfire.ca  

You can also follow the latest wildfire news on:

Media Contact:

Erin Catherall

Fire Information Officer

Incident Management Team

Wildfire Management Branch

250-319-2480

 

Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect 

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