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Crews fighting wildfire east of Burns Lake

BC’s Wildfire Management Branch says crews are responding to a wildfire 30 km east of Burns Lake. The four-hectare fire was human-caused and is located on the Hannay Forest Service Road. No structures or property are at risk but smoke may be visible from Highway 16. There are 12 wildfire personnel and10-15 people from industry fighting the flames with the ... Read More »

Premier urges British Columbians to prevent forest fires

Premier Christy Clark is reminding British Columbians to do their part in preventing forest fires this long weekend. Clark got an update on the Little Bobtail Lake wildfire while visiting Prince George on Friday morning. The first major wildfire of the season has burned about 130 square kilometres so far as crews try to control it from the ground and ... Read More »

UNBC’s two valedictorians are northwest locals

This year’s valedictorians at the University of Northern British Columbia have been announced, and they’re both local students from the northwest. Stephen Bennett is originally from Quesnel, and completed his undergrad at UNBC, earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology Honours. This year he’ll be receiving a Master of Education in Counselling. He says one of the big attractions of ... Read More »

Pelican Lake wildfire under control

The Pelican Lake wildfire appears to be under control. The wildfire is 10km from Pelican Lake, and 80km northwest of Quesnel. Yesterday, firefighters and heavy equipment operators were able to establish control lines in front of the fire, with support from six aircraft and four helicopters. The fire remains 250 hectares in size. 60 personnel, five pieces of heavy equipment ... Read More »

Flood Watch issued for Nechako, Nautley Rivers

The BC River Forecast Centre has upgraded a High Streamflow Advisory to a Flood Watch for two rivers in the central interior. Officials say the warm temperatures have increased snowmelt feeding the Nautley River near Fort Fraser and the Nechako River at Vanderhoof. With the hot weather expected to continue for the next five days, the Nautley River is expected ... Read More »

Fentanyl suspected in Prince Rupert overdose cases

Prince Rupert RCMP believes that as many as three recent drug overdoses may be related to tainted heroin. Police responded to two apparent overdose cases Thursday and found the victims in cardiac arrest. While both males are expected to survive, police believe the incidents may be related to the addition of Fentanyl to the heroin they were using. The synthetic ... Read More »

Lakeland inquest delivers 33 recommendations

The coroner’s jury in the Lakeland sawmill blast that killed two workers and injured 22 others has made 33 recommendations aimed at preventing a similar tragedy. The five-person jury deliberated for about 8 hours before classifying the deaths of Glen Roche and Allan Little in the 2012 blast as Accidental. The classification means the death was due to unintentional or ... Read More »

Overdue hunter found safe near Quesnel

Quesnel RCMP says a hunter reported overdue Wednesday has been found alive and well. Investigators say 45 year-old Vance Hartley walked out of the bush near Cottonwood on Highway 26 at approximately 8 p.m. Thursday. Hartley was reported missing after he failed to return from a solo hunting trip Wednesday. The Quesnel RCMP is thanking all of the search volunteers ... Read More »

RCMP request help locating overdue hunter near Quesnel

The Quesnel RCMP is asking for the public’s help in locating an overdue hunter. Vance Hartley went out hunting alone on Wednesday, May 13th at 5pm and has not returned. He was apparently hunting in the Swift River Road area off of the Barkerville Highway, near Quesnel. He is described as Caucausian, 45 years old, 6’4″ tall and 375 pounds. Hartley ... Read More »

Lakeland Mills inquest deliberations begun

Jurors have begun deliberations in the coroner’s inquest into a sawmill explosion that killed two men and injured 22 others in Prince George in 2012. The explosion at the Lakeland Mills sawmill occurred three months after a similar blast killed two others at Babine Forest Products near Burns Lake. The inquest jury is deliberating on the cause of death and ... Read More »

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