Northeast B.C. wildfire update — May 12

There are three fires around Fort St John listed and being monitored by the BC Wildfire Service today, all three believed to have been human-caused.

The first is at Coffee Creek, where there are thirteen BCWS firefighters on site. The fire is mapped at approximately seven hectares in size and is being held, officials say. Crews have made good progress and at this time the fire is classified as under control. It is 100% contained. There are no structures threatened at this time.

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A second fire is at the viewpoint at Bear Flat, believed to have been started by fireworks and quickly extinguished at less than half a hectare. The cause is still under investigation, officials say.

A third fire is at the Mile 74 Road, at two hectares. There are currently threee BCWS firefighters are on scene. Assessments are being made for additional resource requirements. Smoke is visible from the Alaska Highway.

Sunday's forecast calls for sun with a high of 16 C and wind gusting up to 50 km/h.

Tthe fire danger rating is moderate to high throughout the Northeast.

Near Fort Nelson, there are two fires.

The first is at Radar Road, estimated at eight hectares, and suspected to be human caused.

Another is north of Hay River near the Albert border, at less than a hectare in size, and suspected to have been caused by lightning. 

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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