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Wildfire service monitoring out of control fire near Dall Lake

Out of control fire discovered June 17 has grown to 227 hectares, but no suppression actions currently planned, says BC Wildfire Service.
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The BC Wildfire Service says it is monitoring an out of control fire in the remote Dall Lake area of the Fort Nelson fire zone.

According to the wildfire service, the fire was discovered Friday, June 17, and is approximately 227 hectares in size. A suspected cause is not currently known, and in a release, the wildfire service says it is monitoring the fire but not taking any immediate suppression actions.

"[P]atrols identified outfitter cabins in the vicinity and have established structure protection measures on these buildings. No other buildings or values have been identified as 'at risk' at this time," the agency stated in a release.

"Per the Fire Management Plan, this incident will be allowed to burn to achieve ecological and/or resource management objectives due to its remote location. Fire is a natural, normal process in many ecosystems and is necessary to maintain a healthy forest as well as the diversity of plant and animal life."

The wildfire service says smoke may be visible locally as wind conditions change, but adds that forecasted weather this week "is likely to help mitigate spread and intensity."

Dall Lake is located west of Fort Nelson and near Denetiah Provincial Park between the Cassiar Mountains and the Rocky Mountain Trench.

There are three other fires burning northeast of Fort Nelson, including one near Kotcho Lake at an estimated 0.20 hectares, and two near Kwokullie Lake between one to four hectares in size. Those three were believed to have been caused by lightning.

An estimated 545-hectare fire on the north side of Sikanni River east of the Alaska Highway and Buckinghorse River is listed as under control.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire, or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 or dial *5555 on a cell phone.

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