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News Reporter/ Anchor. Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Jeff has a background in sports journalism, and radio hosting. He comes most recently from his post as a morning show host in Chetwynd.

Residents of Klinaklini Lake area being evacuated by helicopter

An evacuation order has been issued in the Klinaklini (Klee-Nah-Klee-Nee) Lake area due to wildfire activity. The order covers 14 properties in the area, and those effected will be evacuated via helicopter with the assistance of RCMP and other emergency personnel. The Cariboo Regional District has expedited the order due to immediate danger. Evacuees are asked to leave the area ... Read More »

Smoke forces high health risk ratings and grounded airplanes

Devastating smoke filling the skies in BC has begun to dent many people’s vacation plans. Airports across the province, especially in the interior and Kootenay’s, have begun cancelling flights due to safety and visibility concerns. Airport officials are calling the dense, fog-like, smoke the thickest they’ve ever seen in the skies. Environment Canada set the health-risk rating at a 10 ... Read More »

Alkali Lake fire now 11% contained

Crews on the Alkali Lake wildfire in Telegraph Creek were able to finally begin significant containment efforts over the weekend. The 39 thousand hectare fire is now listed at 11 percent with a 125 person crew fighting the blaze. Ministry of Transportation crews on site have brought in equipment today to begin grading roads to ensure safety of those travelling ... Read More »

Area restriction issued northwest of Vanderhoof

An area restriction has been put in place by the province for a section of Crown Land northwest of Vanderhoof. The order covers all land in the area of the Tezzeron Lake Wildfire, roughly 106 kms northwest of Vanderhoof. All travel to the area is restricted unless: you are travelling to a personal residence, travelling to an industrial area or ... Read More »

Chief Fire Information Officer says better mapping the cause of increased size estimates for Shovel Lake

According to the numbers, the Shovel Lake wildfire has seen massive expansion over the past couple of days, but Chief Fire Information Officer Kevin Skrepnek wants to clear up the numbers. According to Skrepnek, current estimates of 79 thousand hectares have more to do with better mapping of the fire than actual growth. Better conditions today are allowing crews to ... Read More »

Minister Donaldson calls Trump’s fire claims “logic defying”

Minister of Forests and Lands Doug Donaldson commented today on US President Donald Trump’s claims that Canadian lumber imports are to blame for Californian wildfires. According to Donaldson, Trump’s remarks are unfounded and there is no scenario in which his claims are possible. Trump’s original comments claimed that Canadian lumber imports were more to blame for igniting fires in California ... Read More »

Peace, Upper Fraser, and Upper Fraser West put under level 3 drought

The Peace, Upper Fraser, and Upper Fraser West areas have all been placed under a level 3 drought by the province. Level 3 droughts call for residents to avoid any non-essential water use and to voluntarily reduce surface water and ground water usage. Residents are asked to limit outdoor watering, wait to clean vehicles, take shorter showers, and refrain from ... Read More »

Campfire ban extended to Peace and Fort Nelson Forest Districts

All open fires and campfires will be banned across all of north eastern BC starting tomorrow. The Peace Forest District and the Fort Nelson Forest District are set to be added to bans that already include the rest of the Prince George Fire Centre’s jurisdiction. On top of campfires, all category 2 and 3 fires are also banned along with ... Read More »

Province to match donations made to Red Cross for wildfire victims

The province is looking to help the Red Cross out with their recent appeal for donations. Yesterday, the Canadian Red Cross announced that they were launching an appeal for donations to assist those effected by the wildfires in BC. Today, the provincial government announced that they would be matching all donations made to the Red Cross’ Initiative up to 20 ... Read More »

BC Hydro applying credits for evacuees

BC Hydro will be providing some relief to those forced from their homes due to wildfires. Bill credits will be provided to costumers who find themselves under evacuation orders. The credit will be automatically applied to the accounts of costumers to cover any electricity consumed during the period that they are away due to an evacuation order. BC Hydro will ... Read More »

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