Wildfires show no sign of relenting across the province, with one of the newest blazes reported in Tweedsmuir North Provincial Park, along the shores of Whitesail Lake, southwest of Houston.
It’s a remote area and no properties are threatened, but the flames have already covered more than a square kilometre in less than a day.
More than 180 active fires are currently scorching B.C. woodlands and the province has extended the open burning ban to the usually damp “fog zone” along the west coast of Vancouver Island — meaning the ban now covers every part of B.C.
Almost 1,000 homes and properties remain on evacuation alert province-wide and fire fighting crews from outside B.C. are arriving to help keep the flames at bay, with 70 here from Ontario and more crews due from Australia and New Zealand.
Last week, the City of Terrace banned all open fires within city limits, but excluded Ferry Island, a popular municipal campground.
Today the city announced that due to high temperatures and continued dry weather, the open fire ban has now been extended to Ferry Island.
The ban is in place until September 2nd or until further notice.
The Alaska Highway is closed due to aggressive fire behaviour observed on the Big Beaver Creek wildfire this afternoon.
The highway is closed between 386km (Mile 250) and 418 km (Mile 260).
Strong winds in the area have significantly increased fire behaviour (Rank 4/5) on the Big Beaver Creek wildfire.
The fire has crossed the Alaska Highway and is now over 250 hectares in size.
Airtankers were called in to assist ground crews; however, both air support and firefighters were pulled off due to extreme fire activity and safety concerns.
Visibility remains an issue and continues to challenge wildfire personnel.
The Alaska Highway will remain closed in both directions until it is safe for the public to travel through the area.
Smoke will be visible for surrounding areas.