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Crews dealing with dozens of Northwest fire starts

Crews dealing with dozens of Northwest fire starts

BC Wildfire Service crews are tackling over a dozen fires set by a lightning storm that rolled through the Northwest last week.

The fires are concentrated in the Nadina and Bulkley fire zones, but none are threatening communities or structures.

The Northwest Fire Centre has recorded 36 new fire starts since June 20, with 17 put out, five under control, two being held, and the rest being actioned by crews.

The largest blaze is the Taltapin Lake fire at 134 hectares with 58 firefighters, a helicopter, and heavy equipment on site.

Other fires of note include:

  • the New Bird Lake wildfire, about five kilometres south of Cheslatta Lake and is currently estimated to be 55 hectares in size. Seventeen personnel are on site today with one piece of heavy equipment.
  • the Maxan Lake fire, about 30 kilometres west of Burns Lake and covers about 94 hectares. There are 33 personnel on site and the status of this fire is under control.
  • the Endako fire, about three kilometres west of the Endako Mine and five kilometers north of Francois Lake. This fire is estimated to be 15 hectares in size and is under control. There are 20 personnel on site today.
  • the Four Mile Creek fire, about five kilometres south off the south end of Babine Lake. This fire is estimated to be three hectares in size and is under control. There are eight personnel on site today.

The Prince George area is also seeing the effects of wildfires burning in the region.

The the wildfire service says smoke from 1100 hectare Comstock Lake fire west of Hixon drifted into the city over the weekend.

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