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BC | Smith Creek Fire – 1100 homes evacuated in Kelowna

The Smith Creek fire has grown to approximately 175-hectares in size. The fire has not yet been contained.

Fire crews from West Kelowna, Peachland, Lake Country, Kelowna and BC Wildfire Management Branch are working to establish guards, contain the fire and protect homes and vital infrastructure in the area.

More than 2,500 hundred residents living in approximately 1,100 homes in the Smith Creek, Tallus Ridge, Alexandria Way and Shannon Woods neighbourhoods have now been evacuated due to a fire burning above the Smith Creek Area in West Kelowna.

As of 7 p.m., evacuees should report to the Emergency Reception Centre, which has been moved to Mount Boucherie Secondary School at 2751 Cameron Road. The previous reception centre at Lakeview Heights Baptist Church is closed.

While it’s greatly appreciated, Emergency Support Services (ESS) is not requesting donations of food, clothing or other assistance at this time. The Canadian Disaster Animal Response team is working with ESS to arrange accommodation for animals in the Evacuation Order areas.

Residents that are being asked to leave their homes should close windows and doors, shut off all gas and electrical appliances except fridges and freezers. Gather family and pets, on leash, and take only key items like wallet, purse, keys and medicine.

West Kelowna Mayor and Council have Declared a State of Local Emergency.

All residents living west of the Bennett Bridge are asked to limit household water use and shutoff outdoor irrigation use to keep pressure and supply available for emergency crews fighting the fire.

New information including maps of evacuations will be released to the public through www.cordemergency.ca as soon as it becomes available.

Emergency response personnel request that the public:

• Avoid the Smith Creek area so emergency responders can effectively perform their duties.
• Monitor www.cordemergency.ca, www.facebook.com/CORDEmergency, or www.twitter.com/CO_Emerg for confirmed information about the situation.
• Please only CALL 911 in case of emergency.

BC | Multiple wildfire updates from across the province – July 17 2014

22km Tenakihi (G60195)

Last updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Location: Approximately 50 kilometres west of Williston Lake, between the Mesilinka River and Tenakihi Creek
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Discovered: Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Size: 22,000.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
This fire is very active and is expected to grow today.

Interface: This is not an interface fire.

More information
Many parts of the fire will be put into “modified response” and closely monitored, but not actively fought. Primary objective is ensuring everyone is safe and away from the head of this fire.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
• 1 helicopters
No further details available at this time regarding resources.

Euchiniko Lakes (G40198)

Last updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Location: Euchiniko Lakes, 120km west of Quesnel
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Discovered: Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Size: 7,000.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 0% contained
Crews and heavy machinery are working hard to establish guard and contingency lines around the fire.

Due to strong winds in the area and aggressive fire behaviour, further growth occurred on the fire yesterday. This fire has crossed the 4000 road. Firefighters and heavy equipment are continuing to establish contingency lines and primary guard, burn off fuel were conditions are conducive, and commence with mop-up. Conditions will continue to challenge crews with the hot dry weather, and smoky conditions have made it difficult to determine an accurate current size.

Interface: This is not an interface fire.

More information
The fire is currently on the border between the Prince George Fire Centre and the Cariboo Fire Centre. All resources are being coordinated through the Prince George Fire Centre.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
• 120 firefighters
• 10 helicopters
• 30 heavy equipment
Additional Incident Management Team personnel have been brought in to assist with planning and operations.

Helicopters are continuing to bucket the fire to support ground crews. Crews are working on establishing contingency lines, continue establishing primary guards with equipment, and burn off fuels where conditions are conducive.

Forres Mountain Fire (G60096)

Last updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Location: 50km Northwest of Williston Lake
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Discovered: Monday, June 02, 2014

Size: 5,000.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 0% contained

Interface: This is not an interface fire.

More information
This fire is producing a lot of drift smoke that can be seen in Mackenzie and Dawson Creek.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
This fire is currently a modified response fire. This means that the fire will be actively monitored but not actively suppressed. If the situation changes then limited action may occur on the fire.
There are currently no structures or resources at risk at this time.

Mount McAllister Fire (G70221)

Last updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Location: 56Km West of Chetwynd
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Discovered: Sunday, July 13, 2014

Size: 16,000.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 0% contained
Fire growth has been minimal today compared to yesterday. Winds are starting to pick up this evening.

Interface: Interface Interface Fire
There is a wind farm to the east of the fire and communities are further eastnortheast.

Evacuation Alert is in effect.

The District of Hudson’s Hope has put an Evacuation Order in place for the entire municipality. Info: http://hudsonshope.ca/

The Peace River Regional District has ordered an Evacuation Alert for residents in the community of Moberly Lake and surrounding area extending to the northernmost point of Boucher Lake Road, directly west to the Klin-Se-Za protected area, north along Carbon Creek to the southern edge of Williston Lake directly east to the boundary of Hudson’s Hope. Info: www.prrd.bc.ca

More information
The fire is causing significant smoke and ash which can be seen in the surrounding communities.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
• 1 helicopters
The Wildfire Management Branch is actively responding to the Mount McAllister fire but this wildfire is extremely volatile and it is not safe for ground crews to fight the fire directly at this time.
Resources have been requested and will be ready to be put on the fire once it is safe to do so.

Mugaha Fire (G60218)

Last updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Location: 8Km up Mugaha Creek
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Discovered: Saturday, July 12, 2014

Size: 185.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 60% contained

Interface: This is not an interface fire.

No further details available at this time.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
• 50 firefighters
• 3 helicopters
• 3 heavy equipment
Crews are working hard to build guard on the west end of the fire to prevent it from moving back down the Mugaha drainage. Progress is going well and winds are continuing to push the fire east.

Red Deer Creek Fire (G70182)

Last updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Location: 61km Southeast of Tumbler Ridge
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Discovered: Sunday, July 06, 2014

Size: 33,400.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 0% contained
With 24 hour operations, crews will continue to build fireline. If conditions permit, burning of unburned fuels will continue to occur. Crew and Public safety is the highest priority.

Interface: Interface Interface Fire
There are oil and gas values in the vicinity of this fire. Currently structural protection units have been set up on three oil and gas camps and four bridges.

Evacuation Order is in effect, affecting 200 people.

Three oil and gas work camps have been evacuated.
More information on this evacuation order, please visit: www.prrd.bc.ca
(note: the updated number of three camps evacuated is a correction to the previously noted two camps. All three camps were evacuation at the same time)

More information
The fire is approximately 10kms from the Alberta border. We have been working with Alberta Wildfire Management and joint command has been established. Specialized personnel from Ontario have also arrived to support the Red Deer Creek fire.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused
The increase in size is partially due to controlled burns.

Resources
• 50 firefighters
• 14 helicopters
• 27 heavy equipment
• 0 airtankers
There are currently 50 firefighters assigned to this fire. They are being supported by 14 helicopters and 27 pieces of heavy equipment. There will be 50 additional firefighters arriving by the end of the day.

Salmon Lake Fire (G50226)

Last updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Location: 37km northeast of Tezzeron Lake
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Discovered: Monday, July 14, 2014

Size: 1,440.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 0% contained

Interface: Interface Interface Fire
There are cabins in the near of this fire. There are no residents within the cabins. Crews and aircraft are working to protect the values.

 

 

More information
The crews have been making good progress with burnoff procedures on the northeast side and south side.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
• 20 firefighters
• 4 helicopters
• 10 heavy equipment
A type 2 inicident management team is in place for this fire.
Heavy equipment is working during the night to build guard during less intense fire activity.

Valley south of Morfee Lake (G60215)

Last updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Location: 6 kilometres east of Mackenzie
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Discovered: Saturday, July 12, 2014

Size: 180.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 75% contained
The fire is currently burning uphill in an easterly direction.

Interface: This is not an interface fire.

No further details available at this time.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
• 20 firefighters
• 2 helicopters
• 3 heavy equipment
Crews are making good progress on the on the southwest and northwest edge of the fire and they are working towards the east.

Chelaslie Arm (R10070)

Last updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Location: Approximately 7km south of the Chelaslie River
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Discovered: Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Size: 25,000.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
This fire is classified as “modified response”.

Interface: Interface Interface Fire
A structural protection unit has been assigned to the fire.

Evacuation Order is in effect.

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako has issued an Evacuation Order for the north east half of Tetachuck Lake, through Uchu Reach to Intata Reach on Natalkuz Lake to the south side of Chelaslie River.
The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako has issued an Evacuation Alert for Intata Reach at the confluence of Uchu Reach at the eastern border of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako Electoral Area ‘E’, to Natalkuz-500 Road in the north, to Kluskus Forest Service Road in the east to the boundary of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako Electoral Area ‘E’ and Electoral Area ‘D’ in the south.
For more information, please visit http://www.rdbn.bc.ca/

BC Parks has issued an evacuation order for all cabin owners in Entiako Provincial Park, any users within the park, and any persons found at a facility threatened by wildfire.
BC Parks has issued the closure of Entiako Provincial Park to all recreational users.
For more information, please visit: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/entiako/

No further details available at this time.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
• 39 firefighters
• 4 helicopters
• 4 heavy equipment
No further details available at this time regarding resources.

Apex Mountain (K50272)

Last updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Location: Apex Mountain
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Discovered: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Size: 313.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 0% contained
The Apex fire is estimated at 313 hectares in size. Crews were on site overnight working on the south end of the fire. More than 20 crews are currently working to establish containment.

Interface: Interface Interface Fire

Evacuation Alert is in effect.

The Regional District of the Okanagan Similkameen are coordinating the evacuation alert and plans. Concerned public can get more information at 250 809-2541. More evacuation info here: http://www.rdos.bc.ca/

No further details available at this time.

Cause: Under Investigation

Resources
• 22 firefighters
• 4 helicopters
Aircraft continue to work the fire in areas where they can achieve suppression objectives.

Boot Hill (K50289)

Last updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Location: 30 km southwest of Penticton, near Lookout Mountain
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Discovered: Monday, July 14, 2014

Size: 138.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 0% contained

Interface: This is not an interface fire.

No further details available at this time.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
• 1 helicopters
Additional resources will be sent to this incident today.

Jura (K60286)

Last updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Location: Jura, southeast of Missezula Lake, west of Princeton-Summerland
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Discovered: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Size: 150.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 0% contained

Interface: Interface Interface Fire

Evacuation Alert is in effect.

The Regional District of the Okanagan Similkameen are coordinating the evacuation alert and plans. Concerned public can get more information at 250 809-2541. More evacuation info here: http://www.rdos.bc.ca/.
No further details available at this time.

Cause: Under Investigation

Resources
Fire fighters and air tankers are responding to this incident today. Fire fighters were also on the fire overnight.

 

NWT | Wildfire updates from North Slave Region – July 16 2014

NOTE: Highway 3, between Behchoko and Fort Providence is closed from 11 a.m. today until 11 a.m. tomorrow due to wildfires in the area. Yellowknife to Behchoko

Birch Creek Complex (ZF 20): Highway 3, from Behchoko to Fort Providence, is closed as of 11 a.m. today until 11 a.m. tomorrow. Travellers are advised to check with DOT at 867-447-1368 or www.dot.gov.nt.ca. Fire is about 162,000 ha and is 80 km south of Behchoko along Highway 3.   Severe burning conditions on both sides of Highway 3 and extreme smoke conditions have resulted in periodic closures.   This fire complex has exhibited extreme fire events in the last several days. An Incident Management Team is in place. The team is undertaking protection of values at risk and ignition opportunities to try and reduce the fire growth towards Fort Providence.

Reid Lake Area (Consolation Lake fire ZF-017): Ingraham Trail and day use areas remain open. Fire is about 217,500 ha. An Incident Management Team is in place and protection of values at risk. The team is planning a burnout operation today to reduce fire growth towards the Ingraham Trail on the west and Hearne Lake to the south.

Reliance fires (ZF-007): No longer any immediate threat to values at risk. Fire size is 51,000 ha. Fire continues to be monitored.

Plummer’s Lodge fire (ZF-014): Burnout operation from the airstrip at Plummer’s Lake Lodge airstrip to Great Slave Lake on Sunday was successful. Mop up on the burnout area has been completed and crews have been redeployed to other fires. Monitoring of the fire, which is about 51,000 ha, continues.

Whati fires (ZF032-37and ZF-071): A complex of fires about 31 km north-northwest of Whati is about 124,000 ha. ZF-071 was started by lightning on July 14 and is about 27 km east of Whati. Fire is about 2,000 ha. An Incident Management Team is in place to deal with these fires and limit fire growth towards Whati.

Gameti fire (ZF044): Fire is about 106,000 ha. Successful limited action has taken place and threats to the community of Gameti are reduced.

Wekweeti fires (ZF-26 and 42): Closest fire about 7.5 km south of the Wekweeti. Burnout on ZF-026 last week was successful and the fire poses no threat to the community. The fires are monitored and limited action is taken as appropriate to reduce the potential impact on the community. Fires total about 29,000 ha.

NOTE:   Daily fixed-wing flights over the Gameti/Wekweeti/Whati fires are planned for the next few days to monitor these fires.

TODAY’s WEATHER: Variable cloud. Isolated afternoon thundershowers mainly to the east. Chance of showers and thundershowers elsewhere. Very Windy. Tonight: Variable cloud. Isolated evening thundershowers mainly east. Chance of showers elsewhere.

 

 

 

 

BC | Multiple wildfire updates from across the province – July 16 2014

22km Tenakihi (G60195)

Last updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Location: Approximately 50 kilometres west of Williston Lake, between the Mesilinka River and Tenakihi Creek
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Discovered: Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Size: 22,000.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
This fire is very active and is expected to grow today.

Interface: This is not an interface fire.

More information
Many parts of the fire will be put into “modified response” and closely monitored, but not actively fought. Primary objective is ensuring everyone is safe and away from the head of this fire.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
• 1 helicopters
No further details available at this time regarding resources.

Euchiniko Lakes (G40198)

Last updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Location: Euchiniko Lakes, 120km west of Quesnel
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Discovered: Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Size: 2,800.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 0% contained
Crews and heavy machinery are working hard to establish guard and contingency lines around the fire.

Due to strong winds in the area, the fire did grow significantly on the south side of the fire and crossed the 4000 road. Firefighters and heavy equipment are continuing to establish contingency lines and primary guard, burn off fuel were conditions are conducive, and commence with mop-up. Conditions will continue to challenge crews with the hot dry weather, and smoky conditions have made it difficult to determine an accurate current size.

Interface: This is not an interface fire.

More information
The fire is currently on the border between the Prince George Fire Centre and the Cariboo Fire Centre. All resources are being coordinated through the Prince George Fire Centre.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
• 120 firefighters
• 6 helicopters
• 20 heavy equipment
Additional Incident Management Team personnel have been brought in to assist with planning and operations.

Helicopters are continuing to bucket the fire to support ground crews. Crews are working on establishing contingency lines.

Forres Mountain Fire (G60096)

Last updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Location: 50km Northwest of Williston Lake
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Discovered: Monday, June 02, 2014

Size: 5,000.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 0% contained

Interface: This is not an interface fire.

More information
This fire is producing a lot of drift smoke that can be seen in Mackenzie and Dawson Creek.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
This fire is currently a modified response fire. This means that the fire will be actively monitored but not actively suppressed. If the situation changes then limited action may occur on the fire.
There are currently no structures or resources at risk at this time.

Mount McAllister Fire (G70221)

Last updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Location: 56Km West of Chetwynd
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Discovered: Sunday, July 13, 2014

Size: 20,000.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 0% contained
Fire growth has been minimal today compared to yesterday. Winds are starting to pick up this evening.

Interface: Interface Interface Fire
There is a wind farm to the east of the fire and communities are further eastnortheast.

Evacuation Alert is in effect.

The District of Hudson’s Hope has put an Evacuation Order in place for the entire municipality. Info: http://hudsonshope.ca/

The Peace River Regional District has ordered an Evacuation Alert for residents in the community of Moberly Lake and surrounding area extending to the northernmost point of Boucher Lake Road, directly west to the Klin-Se-Za protected area, north along Carbon Creek to the southern edge of Williston Lake directly east to the boundary of Hudson’s Hope. Info: www.prrd.bc.ca

More information
The fire is causing significant smoke and ash which can be seen in the surrounding communities.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
• 1 helicopters
The Wildfire Management Branch is actively responding to the Mount McAllister fire but this wildfire is extremely volatile and it is not safe for ground crews to fight the fire directly at this time.
Resources have been requested and will be ready to be put on the fire once it is safe to do so.

Mugaha Fire (G60218)

Last updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Location: 8Km up Mugaha Creek
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Discovered: Saturday, July 12, 2014

Size: 185.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 25% contained

Interface: This is not an interface fire.

No further details available at this time.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
• 50 firefighters
• 3 helicopters
• 3 heavy equipment
Crews are working hard to build guard on the west end of the fire to prevent it from moving back down the Mugaha drainage. Progress is going well and winds are continuing to push the fire east.

Red Deer Creek Fire (G70182)

Last updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Location: 61km Southeast of Tumbler Ridge
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Discovered: Sunday, July 06, 2014

Size: 33,400.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 0% contained
With 24 hour operations, crews will continue to build fireline. If conditions permit, burning of unburned fuels will continue to occur. Crew and Public safety is the highest priority.

Interface: Interface Interface Fire
There are oil and gas values in the vicinity of this fire. Currently structural protection units have been set up on three oil and gas camps and four bridges.

Evacuation Order is in effect, affecting 200 people.

Three oil and gas work camps have been evacuated.
More information on this evacuation order, please visit: www.prrd.bc.ca
(note: the updated number of three camps evacuated is a correction to the previously noted two camps. All three camps were evacuation at the same time)

More information
The fire is approximately 10kms from the Alberta border. We have been working with Alberta Wildfire Management and joint command has been established. Specialized personnel from Ontario have also arrived to support the Red Deer Creek fire.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused
The increase in size is partially due to controlled burns.

Resources
• 50 firefighters
• 14 helicopters
• 27 heavy equipment
• 0 airtankers
There are currently 50 firefighters assigned to this fire. They are being supported by 14 helicopters and 27 pieces of heavy equipment. There will be 50 additional firefighters arriving by the end of the day.

Salmon Lake Fire (G50226)

Last updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Location: 37km northeast of Tezzeron Lake
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Discovered: Monday, July 14, 2014

Size: 1,400.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 0% contained
The fire is currently very active and growing. Helicopters are on site and bucketing and working with heavy equipment on the ground.

Interface: Interface Interface Fire
There are cabins in the near of this fire. There are no residents within the cabins. Crews and aircraft are working to protect the values.

 

 

No further details available at this time.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
• 20 firefighters
• 4 helicopters
• 10 heavy equipment
A type 2 incident management team is in place for this fire.
Heavy equipment is working during the night to build guard during less intense fire activity.

Valley south of Morfee Lake (G60215)

Last updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Location: 6 kilometres east of Mackenzie
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Discovered: Saturday, July 12, 2014

Size: 180.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 50% contained
The fire is currently burning uphill in an easterly direction.

Interface: This is not an interface fire.

No further details available at this time.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
• 20 firefighters
• 2 helicopters
• 3 heavy equipment
Crews are making good progress on the on the southwest and northwest edge of the fire and they are working towards the east.

Apex Mountain (K50272)

Last updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Location: Apex Mountain
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Discovered: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Size: 100.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 0% contained
The Apex fire is still estimated at 100 hectares in size. Due to aggressive fire behaviour, crews were pulled back to safety areas this afternoon. Airtankers are still overhead.

Interface: Interface Interface Fire

Evacuation Alert is in effect.

The Regional District of the Okanagan Similkameen and the RCMP are coordinating the evacuation alert and plans. Concerned public can get more information at 250 809-2541. More evacuation info here: http://bit.ly/1tTpnFb.

No further details available at this time.

Cause: Under Investigation

Resources
• 30 firefighters
• 1 helicopters
• 4 airtankers
Firefighters continue to work in areas where it is safe to do so, however they have been pulled back to safe areas. Aircraft continue to work the fire in areas where they can achieve suppression objectives.

Maka-Murray (K60265)

Last updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Location: Maka-Murray, west of Murray Lake
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Discovered: Monday, July 14, 2014

Size: 150.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 0% contained
Fire officials are assessing and prioritizing resources for this fire.

Interface: Interface Interface Fire

Evacuation Alert is in effect.

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has issued an evacuation alert for residents living in the vicinity of Murray Lake. There are approximately 30-35 properties in this area. For more information specific to the alert please contact 250 819-4105.

No further details available at this time.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused
The fire is believed to be caused by a lightning strike on July 14, 2014.

Resources
• 20 firefighters
• 2 helicopters
• 3 heavy equipment
Fire fighters, airtankers and helicopters responded to this fire over the last two days, however due to increased fire behaviour ground crews were taken off the fire yesterday as a safety precaution. There is now a 20 person unit crew assigned to this fire with helicopter support.

Soda Creek (C20086)

Last updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Location: Soda Creek, West of Highway 97
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Discovered: Sunday, July 13, 2014

Size: 99.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 80% contained
Fire suppression efforts will continue throughout the day.

Interface: This is not an interface fire.

More information
No structures are currently threatened.

Cause: Under Investigation

Resources
• 53 firefighters
• 3 helicopters
• 4 heavy equipment
No further details available at this time regarding resources.

Chelaslie Arm (R10070)

Last updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Location: Approximately 7km south of the Chelaslie River
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Discovered: Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Size: 20,000.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
This fire is classified as “modified response”.

Interface: Interface Interface Fire
A structural protection unit has been assigned to the fire.

Evacuation Order is in effect.

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako has issued an evacuation order for two cabins located on the north side of Tetachuck Lake.
BC Parks has issued an evacuation order for all cabin owners in Entiako Provincial Park, any users within the park, and any persons found at a facility threatened by wildfire.
BC Parks has issued the closure of Entiako Provincial Park to all recreational users.

No further details available at this time.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
• 37 firefighters
• 4 helicopters
• 4 heavy equipment
The fire was actioned on the evening of July 14, 2014 and during the day on July 15, 2014 by air-tankers to aid with structural protection.

BC | Multiple wildfires updates from across the province – July 15 2014

22km Tenakihi (G60195)

Last updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Location: Approximately 50 kilometres west of Williston Lake, between the Mesilinka River and Tenakihi Creek
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a Mapquest map.
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Discovered: Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Size: 12,000.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
This fire is very active and is expected to grow today.

Interface: This is not an interface fire.

More information
Crews are working to protect some infrastructure and timber values in the area, but many parts of the fire will be put into “modified response” and closely monitored, but not actively fought.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
• 20 firefighters
• 2 heavy equipment
One sustained action crew and an Incident Commander are on site.

Euchiniko Lakes (G40198)

Last updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 8:34 AM

Location: Euchiniko Lakes, 120km west of Quesnel
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Discovered: Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Size: 2,200.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 0% contained
Crews and heavy machinery are working hard to establish guard and contingency lines around the fire.

Strong winds along with hot and dry conditions have lead to growth on this fire, and smoky conditions have made it difficult to determine an accurate current size.

Interface: This is not an interface fire.

More information
The fire is currently on the border between the Prince George Fire Centre and the Cariboo Fire Centre. All resources are being coordinated through the Prince George Fire Centre.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
• 120 firefighters
• 6 helicopters
• 8 heavy equipment
Additional Incident Management Team personnel have been brought in to assist with planning and operations.

Helicopters are continuing to bucket the fire to support ground crews. Crews are working on establishing contingency lines on the southwest side of fire with the support of heavy equipment.

Forres Mountain Fire (G60096)

Last updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Location: 50km Northwest of Williston Lake
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a Mapquest map.
• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.

Discovered: Monday, June 02, 2014

Size: 5,000.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 0% contained

Interface: This is not an interface fire.

More information
This fire is producing a lot of drift smoke that can be seen in Mackenzie and Dawson Creek.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
This fire is currently a modified response fire. This means that the fire will be actively monitored but not actively suppressed. If the situation changes then limited action may occur on the fire.
There are currently no structures or resources at risk at this time.

Mount McAllister Fire (G70221)

Last updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Location: 56Km West of Chetwynd
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a Mapquest map.
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Discovered: Sunday, July 13, 2014

Size: 10,000.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 0% contained

Interface: Interface Interface Fire
There is a wind farm to the east of the fire.

Evacuation Order is in effect.

The Peace River Regional District has ordered an evacuation order for the area directly south and west of Hudson’s Hope. Hudon’s Hope is not on evacuation order. More information can be found at www.prrd.bc.ca

More information
The fire is putting up a lot of smoke and ash which can be seen in the surrounding communities.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
• 1 helicopters
This fire is currently a modified response fire meaning that it is being actively monitored but not actively suppressed at this time.

Mugaha Fire (G60218)

Last updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Location: 8Km up Mugaha Creek
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Discovered: Saturday, July 12, 2014

Size: 200.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 25% contained

Interface: This is not an interface fire.

More information
Due to a change in visibility we were able to get a more accurate size on the fire and it is currently estimated at 200 hectares.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
• 50 firefighters
• 2 helicopters
• 3 heavy equipment
Crews are working hard to build guard on the west end of the fire to prevent it from moving back down the Mugaha drainage. Progress is going well and winds are continuing to push the fire east.

Red Deer Creek Fire (G70182)

Last updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Location: 61km Southeast of Tumbler Ridge
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a Mapquest map.
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Discovered: Sunday, July 06, 2014

Size: 6,401.0 hectares

Status: Active
• 35% contained
The crews have made great progess on this fire. With 24 hour operations, they will continue to build fireline. If conditions permit, burning of unburned fuels will occur today. Crew and Public safety is the highest priority.

Interface: Interface Interface Fire
There are oil and gas values in the vicinity of this fire. Currently structural protection units have been set up on three oil and gas camps and four bridges.

Evacuation Order is in effect, affecting 200 people.

Three oil and gas work camps have been evacuated.
More information on this evacuation order, please visit: www.prrd.bc.ca
(note: the updated number of three camps evacuated is a correction to the previously noted two camps. All three camps were evacuation at the same time)

More information
The fire is approximately 10kms from the Alberta border. We have been working with Alberta Wildfire Management and joint command will be established today. Specialized personnel from Ontario have also arrived to support the Red Deer Creek fire.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused
The area for this wildfire has been more accurately mapped at 6401ha. The increase in size is partially due to controlled burns.

Resources
• 118 firefighters
• 14 helicopters
• 27 heavy equipment
• 0 airtankers
There are currently 6 unit crews and 96 support staff assigned to this fire. They are being supported by 14 helicopters and 27 pieces of heavy equipment.

Salmon Lake Fire (G50226)

Last updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Location: 37km northeast of Tezzeron Lake
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Discovered: Monday, July 14, 2014

Size: 900.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 0% contained
The fire is currently very active and growing. helicopters are on site and bucketing and working with heavy equipment on the ground.

Interface: Interface Interface Fire
There are cabins in the near of this fire. There are no residents within the cabins. Crews and aircraft are working to protect the values.

 

 

No further details available at this time.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
• 5 firefighters
• 4 helicopters
• 2 heavy equipment
• 3 airtankers
Airtankers were used during the initial attack on this fire.

Valley south of Morfee Lake (G60215)

Last updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Location: 6 kilometres east of Mackenzie
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Discovered: Saturday, July 12, 2014

Size: 171.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 50% contained
The fire is currently burning uphill in an easterly direction.

Interface: This is not an interface fire.

More information
Very steep terrain, hot,dry conditions, and low humidity are challenging fire suppression efforts.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
• 20 firefighters
• 5 helicopters
• 3 heavy equipment
Crews are making good progress on the on the southwest and northwest edge of the fire and they are working towards the east.

Soda Creek (C20086)

Last updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Location: Soda Creek, West of Highway 97
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Discovered: Sunday, July 13, 2014

Size: 99.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 80% contained
As of 10:00 am on Tuesday, July 15 the Soda Creek wildfire is 80% contained.

Fire suppression efforts will continue throughout the day as ground personnel will extuingish hot spots, with the assistance of helicopters.

Interface: This is not an interface fire.

More information
Fire suppression efforts have reduced the risk greatly by timely actioning the fire with air tankers, helicopters, heavy equipment and ground personnel.

No structures are currently threatened.

The Cariboo Fire Centre would like to thank the public for the phone reports received which allowed a quick and efficient response to this incident.

Cause: Under Investigation

Resources
• 58 firefighters
• 3 helicopters
• 4 heavy equipment
Over 50 ground personnel are on site today with support of heavy equipment and helicopters.

Apex Mountain (K50272)

Last updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Location: Apex Mountain
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Discovered: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Size: 20.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 0% contained
A wildfire was reported in the Apex Mountain area west of Penticton this afternoon. The fire is now estimated at 20 hectares in size.

Interface: This is not an interface fire.

No further details available at this time.

Cause: Under Investigation

Resources
• 27 firefighters
• 2 helicopters
• 4 airtankers
Air and ground resources are working hard to slow the fire’s spread as it moves upslope.

Chelaslie Arm (R10070)

Last updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Location: Approximately 7km south of the Chelaslie River
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Discovered: Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Size: 13,000.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
This fire is classified as “modified response”.

Interface: Interface Interface Fire
A structural protection unit has been assigned to the fire.

Evacuation Order is in effect.

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako has issued an evacuation order for two cabins located on the north side of Tetachuck Lake.
BC Parks has issued an evacuation order for all cabin owners in Entiako Provincial Park, any users within the park, and any persons found at a facility threatened by wildfire.
BC Parks has issued the closure of Entiako Provincial Park to all recreational users.

No further details available at this time.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
• 17 firefighters
• 3 helicopters
• 1 heavy equipment
• 2 airtankers
The fire was actioned on the evening of July 14, 2014 and during the day on July 15, 2014 by air-tankers to aid with structural protection.

AB | Red Deer residents to learn about prevention After the Fire

Red Deer Emergency Services (RDES) will be knocking on doors in neighbourhoods that have experienced a fire to try to prevent similar incidents in future, as part of a new program called After the Fire.

This is a modification of the RDES’s Home Safety Program, which consists of a designated schedule of home visits to check on fire and injury hazards and install free smoke alarms and batteries where required. The Home Safety Program, started in 2005, will continue to run year round.

The After the Fire program will build on the success of the Home Safety Program by also performing safety checks and free smoke alarm installations, but will target neighbourhoods that have recently seen a fire. Emergency Services staff will share safety tips and important information about the leading causes of fires and how to prevent them.

“We’ve found that neighbours have questions when a fire takes place next door or nearby,” said Shane Dussault, Fire Prevention Officer with Red Deer Emergency Services. “Because the incident hits close to home, residents are motivated to educate themselves about fire prevention and want some direction on how to safety-proof their own homes to avoid property damage or tragedy.”

Uniformed members of RDES will visit homes located near a recent fire, typically the day after the incident. If the residents agree to a visit, they can expect personnel to be in their home for approximately 15 minutes.

Those with questions about the program can call 403-343-5511, visit http://www.reddeer.ca/emsfire or email prevention@reddeer.ca.

BC | Multiple wildfire updates from across the province – July 14 2014

Evacuation Order: Tetachuck Lake / Chelasie River; Issued July 14

The Regional District of Bulkey-Nechako has issued an Evacuation Order (*note map) for the north east half of Tetachuck Lake to the south side of Chelaslie River due to wildfire.

Any person within the area must leave immediately. Evacuees should please contact the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako at 250-692-3195 or 1-800-320-3339.

For information on the evacuation order, please contact the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako at www.rdbn.bc.ca or call 1-800-320-3339.

22km Tenakihi (G60195)

Last updated: Monday, July 14, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Location: Approximately 50 kilometres west of Williston Lake, between the Mesilinka River and Tenakihi Creek
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a Mapquest map.

Size: 4,300.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
This fire is very active is expected to see significant growth today.

Interface: This is not an interface fire.

More information
Crews are working to protect some infrastructure and timber values in the area, but many parts of the fire will be put into “modified response” and closely monitored, but not actively fought.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
• 20 firefighters
• 2 heavy equipment
One sustained action crew and an Incident Commander are on site.

Euchiniko Lakes (G40198)

Last updated: Monday, July 14, 2014 at 7:54 AM

Location: Euchiniko Lakes, 120km west of Quesnel
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a Mapquest map.

Size: 2,000.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 0% contained
Crews and heavy machinery are working hard to establish guard and contingency lines around the fire.

Strong winds along with hot and dry conditions have lead to growth on this fire, and smoky conditions have made it difficult to determine an accurate current size.

Interface: This is not an interface fire.

More information
The fire is currently on the border between the Prince George Fire Centre and the Cariboo Fire Centre. All resources are being coordinated through the Prince George Fire Centre.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
• 120 firefighters
• 6 helicopters
• 8 heavy equipment
Additional Incident Management Team personnel have been brought in to assist with planning and operations.

Helicopters are continuing to bucket the fire to support ground crews. Crews are working on establishing contingency lines on the west side of fire with the support of heavy equipment.

Mount McAllister Fire (G70221)

Last updated: Monday, July 14, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Location: 56Km West of Chetwynd
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a Mapquest map.

Size: 1,000.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 0% contained

Interface: This is not an interface fire.

More information
The fire is putting up a lot of smoke and ash which can be seen in the surrounding communities.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
This fire is currently a modified response fire meaning that it is being actively monitored but not actively suppressed at this time.

Mugaha Fire (G60218)

Last updated: Monday, July 14, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Location: 8Km up Mugaha Creek
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a Mapquest map.

Size: 200.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active

Interface: This is not an interface fire.

More information
Due to a change in visibility we were able to get a more accurate size on the fire and it is currently estimated at 200 hectares.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
• 21 firefighters
• 5 helicopters
• 3 heavy equipment
Crews are working hard to build guard on the west end of the fire to prevent it from moving back down the Mugaha drainage. Progress is going well and winds are continuing to push the fire east.

Red Deer Creek Fire (G70182)

Last updated: Monday, July 14, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Location: 61km Southeast of Tumbler Ridge
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a Mapquest map.

Size: 3,852.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 30% contained
The crews have made great progess on this fire. With 24 hour operations, they will continue to build fireline. If conditions permit, burning of unburned fuels will occur today. Crew and Public safety is the highest priority.

Interface: Interface Interface Fire
There are oil and gas values in the vicinity of this fire. Currently structural protection units have been set up on three oil and gas camps and on four bridges.

Evacuation Order is in effect, affecting 200 people.

Three oil and gas work camps have been evacuated.
More information on this evacuation order, please visit: www.prrd.bc.ca
(note: the updated number of three camps evacuated is a correction to the previously noted two camps. All three camps were evacuation at the same time)

More information
With the Red Deer Creek wildfire being within approximately 10 km of the Alberta border, we have been working with wildfire management staff from the Alberta Sustainable Resources and Development agency. Alberta personnel will be arriving in British Columbia today,and joint command will be established by tomorrow.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused
The area for this wildfire has been more accurately mapped at 3852ha.

Resources
• 120 firefighters
• 12 helicopters
• 31 heavy equipment
• 0 airtankers
There are currently 6 unit crews and 84 support staff assigned to this fire. They are being supported by 13 helicopters and 31 pieces of heavy equipment.

Valley south of Morfee Lake (G60215)

Last updated: Monday, July 14, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Location: 6 kilometres east of Mackenzie
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a Mapquest map.

Size: 80.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
The fire is currently burning uphill in an easterly direction.

Interface: This is not an interface fire.

More information
Very steep terrain, hot,dry conditions, and low humidity are challenging fire suppression efforts.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
• 17 firefighters
• 5 helicopters
• 3 heavy equipment
Requests have been made for additional resources, and these resources are en route.

Soda Creek (C20086)

Last updated: Monday, July 14, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Location: Soda Creek, West of Highway 97
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a Mapquest map.

Size: 30.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active

Interface: This is not an interface fire.

More information
Fire suppression efforts have reduced the risk greatly by actioning the fire with water tankers, helicopters, heavy equipment and ground personnel.

No structures are currently threatened.

The Cariboo Fire Centre would like to thank the public for the phone reports received which allowed a quick and efficient response to this incident.

Cause: Under Investigation

Resources
• 58 firefighters
• 3 helicopters
• 6 heavy equipment
Over 50 ground personnel are on site today with support of heavy equipment and helicopters.

Chelaslie Arm (R10070)

Last updated: Monday, July 14, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Location: Approximately 7km south of the Chelaslie River
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a Mapquest map.

Size: 8,000.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
This fire is classified as “modified response”.

Interface: Interface Interface Fire
The closest structure is located approximately 2km from the fire. A structural protection unit has been assigned to the fire.

Evacuation Order is in effect.

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako has issued an evacuation order for two cabins located on the north side of Tetachuck Lake.
BC Parks has issued an evacuation order for all cabin owners in Entiako Provincial Park, any users within the park, and any persons found at a facility threatened by wildfire.
BC Parks has issued the closure of Entiako Provincial Park to all recreational users.

No further details available at this time.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
• 8 firefighters
• 3 helicopters
No further details available at this time regarding resources.

NWT | Multiple wildfire updates from across the Territories – July 14 2014

Inuvik Region

FIRE WEATHER ADVISORY-DRY AND WINDY

The fires burning 159 km and 264 km SE of Fort MacPherson and are being monitored. EV-003 close to Aklavik was initial attacked and is under control.

TODAY’S WEATHER: A few clouds. Isolated afternoon thundershowers. Windy. Tonight: Becoming mainly cloudy. Isolated showers and thundershowers.

North Slave Region

FIRE WEATHER ADVISORY-EXTREME FIRE WEATHER; RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS

Reid Lake Area (Consolation Lake fire): Ingraham Trail and day use areas remain open. With poor weather conditions the fire breached one of the containment areas so an Incident Management Team is reassessing the plan. Southerly or southwest winds are needed to complete a burnout operation. VAR’s protection is on-going in the area around Hearne Lake. MACA’s Emergency Measures Organization has determined the fire is not an emergency at this time.

Wekweeti fires: The closest fire is about 7.5 km south of Wekweeti. A burnout on ZF-026 last week was successful and the fire posed no threat to the community. Smoke will be an issue today. Winds to change this evening and smoke should clear.

Birch Creek Complex: Highway 3 is closed this morning. Highway will be open intermittently as conditions allow. Travellers are advised to check with the Department of Transportation at 867-447-1368.   The fires total about 100,000 hectares (247,105 acres). An Incident Management Team from the South Slave has been assigned to the fire and to communicate with Northwest Tel. The North Slave region will be communicating with the Department of Transportation. The ignition team did test burns yesterday. The team will burn along the road in other places to reduce the intensity of the fire and smoke along it.

Reliance Fire: No longer any immediate threat to VAR’s. Fire size is 51,612 hectares (127,536 acres). It will be assessed tomorrow when assessing fire ZF-063 near McRae Lake about 270 km southeast of Lutselk’e.

Plummers Lodge Fire: The lodge was evacuated on Saturday morning. Guests moved to Great Bear Lodge. Burnout operations from the airstrip to the lake yesterday were successful. Crews are mopping up the fire and expected to be completed in a couple of days. Fire is approximately 105,000 hectares (259,460 acres).

Whati Fires: A complex of fires approximately 50 kms north-northwest of Whati is about 27,000 hectares (66,718 acres). Fires were assessed and VARs including a lodge and two cabins are being protected. The public is advised to use caution, to only use fire when necessary for warmth or cooking, and to respect all fire bans. These are the most extreme fire conditions in more than twenty years.

Gameti Fire: Fire is about 51,000 hectares (126,000 acres) and 6 km from Gameti. Burnout is holding but fire made a run to the north east yesterday. Fire poses no threat to the community at this time. Smoke may be an issue in the community.

Bluefish Fire: Fire was burning deep underground and popped up again on Saturday. Crews completed mop up on it yesterday.

McCrae Lake Fire: VAR protection being done on the McCrae tower and other values.

Pensive Lake fire: Fire was successfully attacked and has been declared out. Fire had potential to impact the Ingraham Trail.

TODAY’s WEATHER: Thunderstorms. Extremely hot. Very dry. Windy. Tonight: Thunderstorms. Warm.

Sahtu Region

FIRE WEATHER ADVISORY-DRY AND WINDY

Husky Fire: Fire is about 12 km from the Husky camp. Fire received some rain and is expected to be less active today. Sprinklers have been set up and anchor points for potential burnout have been identified. Fire is being monitored and poses no threat to the camp or workers at this time.

Colville Lake fire: Fire about 15 km south of Colville is expected to cause smoke in the community today. Fire is not a threat to the community and is being monitored.

TODAY’S WEATHER: Isolated thundershowers to the east. Becoming mainly sunny to the west.Cooler but continuing dry. Windy. Tonight: Thundershowers ending east. Isolated thundershowers developing along the valley near midnight or overnight.

Fort Smith & area

FIRE WEATHER ADVISORY-EXTREME HEAT; CROSS-OVER; RISK SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS

Pilot Lake Fire: a fire burning about 40 km northeast of Fort Smith is about 1,000 hectares. VARs protection and control lines have been put in place to limit potential growth.

Buffalo River Fire: New fire started by lightning near Pine Point and Buffalo River. Fire is approximately 400 hectares (988 acres). Tankers and crews initial attacked the fire yesterday. Crews will continue to work on the fire today.

TODAY’S WEATHER: Sunny. Extremely hot. Very dry. Chance of afternoon thundershowers to the west. Tonight: Thunderstorms mainly to the west spreading east overnight. Warm.

Hay River & area

FIRE WEATHER ADVISORY-EXTREME HEAT; CROSS OVER; RISK SEVERE STORMS

Kakisa Fire: Crews are making progress and are meeting objectives. Mopping up continues in the community area of Kakisa, north of the river on the Kakisa access road and conatining the southern part of the fire. Fibre optic line has been damaged by deep burns. Reclamation plans are being worked on for cat guards on this fire and SS-015 near Pine Point. It may be a few more days before the wildfire risk reduces and ENR clompletes clean up operations. The Department of Transportaion is monitoring conditions on the highway and is advising the public of possible road closures.

Buffalo River Fire: New fire started by lightning near Pine Point and Buffalo River. Fire is approximately 400 hectares (988 acres). Tankers and crews initial attacked the fire yesterday. Crews will continue to work on the fire today.

HIGHWAY 1: Smoke from a forest fire is reducing visibility on Highway 1 near of kilometre 158 between Enterprise and Kakisa. Drive with caution. Highway 1 is open to traffic at this time; however, conditions may change on short notice. Please check the Department of Transportation website www.dot.gov.nt or call 1-800-661-0750 for updates.

TODAY’S WEATHER: Extreme heat. Very dry. Isolated late afternoon thunderstorms. Tonight: Thunderstorms. Warm.

Dehcho Region

FIRE WEATHER ADVISORY-VERY HOT/CROSS-OVER SOUTHEAST; RISK SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS

FS-005: Fire scanned yesterday and no hot spots found. Two new fires reported yesterday. One is north of Blackwater Lake in the mountains and is being monitored for VAR protection. Another fire was started by lightning near Checkpoint. An Initial Attack crew was working on it yesterday. Crews and tankers will be working on it again today. The fire is about 40 hectares (98 acres).

TODAY’S WEATHER: Thunderstorms. Continuing to be extremely hot and dry to the south east. Tonight: Thunderstorms. Warm.

 

 

 

SK | STARS stocks blood on board to perform transfusions on missions

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) is the first medical service in Canada to begin stocking blood in advance for life-saving transfusions on air medical missions. The STARS base in Saskatoon is now the third base to come on line.

This new approach, spearheaded by Saskatoon Health Region’s Hospital Transfusion Lab staff, allows the helicopter emergency medical service to begin a blood transfusion early. The first hour of emergency care is nicknamed “the golden hour” because lives can be saved if critically ill patients can be stabilized before arrival at a trauma centre.

“We know how important it is for people to begin receiving blood after a traumatic injury and the difference it can make in saving a life,” says Dr. Karen Dallas, Saskatoon Health Region & Northern Saskatchewan’s Medical Director for Transfusion Medicine. “When it became possible for STARS to begin carrying blood on board, we wanted to support the initiative to ensure patients are getting the care they need before they get to the hospital.”

STARS maintains, at their base, two units of O negative blood (packed red blood cells) supplied by Saskatoon’s Transfusion Medicine Department, securely enclosed in a six kilogram (13 pound) insulated thermal cooler with a monitoring device to ensure proper temperature. If the blood is not used within 72 hours, it is returned to the hospital, inspected to ensure quality, and then made available to other patients.

“In trauma, blood can make the difference between life and death. It is inspiring to see Saskatchewan leading the way by providing our citizens this game changing roadside treatment that very few other services in North America provide,” says Dr. John Froh, Transport Physician and Medical Director, for STARS in Saskatoon.

Dr. Froh says, “Our new ability to give blood is a powerful complement to our established clinical strategy of highly trained air medical crews providing critical care while rapidly transporting the severely injured trauma patient to our provincial trauma centres for definitive care.”

STARS is a non-profit helicopter air ambulance organization that provides rapid and specialized emergency care and transportation for critically ill and injured patients. Our doctors, nurses, paramedics, and pilots work with a team of dedicated support staff and community partners to save lives. STARS operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week from bases in Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie and W

NWT | Wildfire update from North Slave Region – July 11 2014

FIRE WEATHER ADVISORY – EXTREME FIRE WEATHER

Reid Lake: The Ingraham Trail (Highway 4) is open as of noon Sunday, July 06, 2014. Reid Lake Territorial Park remains closed; all other parks are open. These circumstances could change on short notice.   High winds and extreme weather conditions on Friday, July 04, 2014 pushed a fire near Consolation Lake towards Reid Lake. This fire ZF-017-14 is currently 7.5 kilometres east of the Ingraham Trail.   Weather conditions on Saturday allowed for Environment and Natural Resources teams to assess the fire and plan further operations over the coming days. Additional resources from BC, Alaska and Saskatchewan will be supporting efforts.

Gameti: Fire ZF-044-14 is approximately 25,000 hectares (61,770 acres), 6 km from Gameti. A burn-out operation was completed to protect the community .

Wekweeti: Fire ZF-026-14 and ZF-42-14 assessed both fires and conditions are favourable for a potential burnout operation tomorrow.

Birch Creek: A complex of fires (ZF-019-14, ZF-020-14 & ZF-021-14) is burning in the Birch Creek/Chan Lake area about 80 km south of Behchoko.   The fires total about 90,000 ha (222,394 acres) in size. Smoke from this complex resulted in the closure of Highway 3 Last week. The situation is being evaluated for long term growth and response options.

HIGHWAY 3: Highway 3 is now open between Fort Providence and Edzo.   Visibility continues to be reduced due to heavy smoke. Drive with caution. Please check the Department of Transportation website www.dot.gov.nt or call 1-800-661-0750 for updates.

HIGHWAY 4: Highway 4 (Ingraham Trail) is open. Please check the Department of Transportation website www.dot.gov.nt or call 1-800-661-0750 for updates.

The public is advised to use caution, to only use fire when necessary for warmth or cooking, and to respect all fire bans. These are the most extreme fire conditions in more than twenty years.

TODAY’s WEATHER:   The North Slave Region will have extremely windy conditions and a chance of thundershowers. Also smoke and ash may be heavy at times in communities.