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Out of control wildfire near Peace Canyon dam

Nineteen firefighters, one helicopter, and five air tankers are responding, with water skimmers using water from Moberly Lake to help douse the blaze.
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Approximate location of the Dinosaur Lake wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service)

Provincial wildfire officials say firefighters are responding to an emerging out of control wildfire five kilometres southwest of the Hudsons Hope Bridge and Peace Canyon Dam.

The Dinosaur Lake fire is estimated at eight hectares in size, and considered a provincial wildfire of note due to its threats to public safety, officials said in a release Thursday.

The fire, believed to have been caused by lightning, is visible from Highway 29 and the Hudson's Hope community. Officials say there are no values currently at risk.

Nineteen firefighters, one helicopter, and five air tankers are responding, with water skimmers using water from Moberly Lake to help douse the blaze.

"A reminder to all water recreationalists that skimmers often work in cycles, skimming from the same body of water repeatedly," the Wildfire Service said.

"Please be aware that although they may have left the area, it is likely that they will be returning and for the safety of responders and the public it is important that all recreationalists remain clear of water-skimming aircraft."

BC Hydro says it is monitoring all wildfire activity in the vicinity of its infrastructure.

"At this time we don't believe the wildfires in that area, which includes the WAC Bennett and Peace Canyon Dam, pose a threat to our people, facilities, or infrastructure," said northern community relations manager Mike Kellett. "We are continuing to closely monitor wildfire activity."

The province says there were 182 active forest fires in B.C. of Wednesday, Aug. 31.

Those include two other fires west of Hudson’s Hope, the largest at Folded Hill Creek, burning at an estimate 439 hectares, and another at Battleship Mountain, burning at 70 hectares.

Fire activity is anticipated to extend into September throughout the province.

Forests minister Katrine Conroy says the province is "experiencing one of the lowest human-caused wildfire seasons since 1950."

"Together with the BC Wildfire Service, I want to commend the public on their safe fire use and diligence in helping to prevent the spread of fire," Conroy said in a statement.

"We're asking all British Columbians to continue the great work they have been doing this season as we stay vigilant over the Labour Day weekend and for the remainder of the 2022 fire season."

The fire danger throughout much of B.C. Peace region is currently rated high to extreme.


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