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New wildfire burning northeast of Fort Nelson

The Theelaandoa Creek fire started Saturday, is less than 1,000 hectares

A new wildfire is burning in Northern British Columbia, about 100 kilometres northeast of Fort Nelson.

B.C. Wildfire Management Branch estimates the Theelaandoa Creek fire to be about 950 hectares in size. It was first discovered May 30.

The fire is suspected to be lightning-caused.

“A cold front passed through the area this weekend and fire activity was slower,” B.C. wildfire said in a release. “An incident commander is currently flying over and assessing the fire.”

Several residents in Fort Nelson have reported seeing smoke in recent days, but B.C. wildfire says that the smoke is not from this fire, but instead, from fires in the Northwest Territories and the Yukon.

Currently there are 33 firefighters, 2 helicopters, an incident management team and four unit crews deployed to the fire. They are expected to be on site by the end of the day Wednesday.

In the meantime, helicopters continue bucketing water on the fire’s hotspots.

Fire activity is low.


Klua Lakes fire update

B.C. Wildfire Management is now reporting that the Klua Lakes fire, located about 10 km east of the Alaska Highway near the community of Prophet River is now 50 per cent contained.

Direct attack against the fire and so-called seek-and-extinguish operations continued today.

Helicopter bucketing also continues to extinguish targets.

Operations are based out of a camp established and operating near Prophet River.

Evacuation alerts previously issued by the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality have been rescinded.

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