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BC | Preparing for wildfire evacuation

If you reside in an area that is experiencing wildfires with a potential for evacuation alerts or orders, there are some things you can do to prepare that will make this stressful time a little easier to manage.

The most important thing to remember is to stay calm, listen to your local public officials, and if possible, access online social media channels like Twitter or your local government website for information updates.

Evacuation Alerts

In the event an evacuation alert is issued for your area:

  • You will need to prepare to leave your home on very short notice.
  • Stay tuned to your local authority’s public information channels, as well as Emergency Info BC (www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca) for updates.
  • Have your emergency kit and important documents ready to go, which should include things like insurance and personal papers such as birth certificates. You should also pack:
    • Several days’ clothing.
    • Medicine/prescriptions.
    • Consider your pets and get leashes, carriers and pet food ready to go.
    • Also consider the kids and bring some comfort items, like a favourite toy or colouring books to help keep them busy.
    • Don’t forget to check in on family, friends and neighbours who may have mobility or other issues to contend with.
    • This is a good time to collect precious photos and mementos that can’t be replaced.

Evacuation Orders

If you are told the time has come to evacuate, you must leave the area immediately. Failing to leave when asked to by officials puts yourself and others at risk.

Here’s what you should do when an evacuation order is issued:

  • Grab your emergency kit and follow the directions to the identified reception centre.
  • Follow the routes specified by emergency officials. Don’t take shortcuts. A shortcut could take you to a blocked or dangerous area.
  • Take critical items already in your kit – medicine, purse, wallet and keys.
  • Take your pets in kennels or on a leash.
  • Close all doors and windows. Close and latch gates, but do not lock them.
  • Take a cell phone if you have one.
  • If there is time and it is safe to do, shut off water at the main line into your home, and switch off electricity at the breaker panel. Leave natural gas service ‘on’.

Your local authority officials will advise you when it’s safe to return home.

Learn More:

YouTube: http://youtu.be/XujT_6SaFko

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/bcgov/psa_evacuation_order_alert_what_to_do

BC | Fire crews respond to lightning-caused fires in Slocan

The Southeast Fire Centre is currently responding to two lightning-caused fires east of Highway 6 in the Slocan Valley.

Although these fires are highly visible due to their proximity to Highway 6 and local communities, there is currently no threat to any structures or communities.

  • The Enterprise Creek fire is 1.5 kilometres east of Highway 6 and 8.5 kilometres south of the village of Silverton. Multiple airtanker groups and helicopters worked on this fire throughout the day and late into the evening on Thursday, July 17. Today, three helicopters are supporting a 20-person Unit Crew that has established pump sites and is working to contain this fire, which is currently estimated at 10 hectares.
  • The Monument Creek fire is 10 kilometres east of Highway 6 and 11.5 kilometres southeast of Slocan City. Helicopters are supporting 18 firefighters who are working to contain this fire. Airtanker groups and helicopters worked late into the evening on Thursday to slow its rate of spread. This wildfire is estimated at 3.5 hectares.

These fires are not the source of the haze and smoke that’s currently visible throughout the region. Smoke has drifted into the West Kootenay area from much larger wildfires in the Okanagan Valley.

Crews have actively responded to 27 naturally occurring wildfires in the past week and have also had to respond to seven fires that were person-caused and therefore preventable. Person-caused wildfires divert firefighting resources from responding to other incidents. The Wildfire Management Branch asks the public and industry operators to exercise extreme caution in this period of increased fire danger.

The fire danger rating in the majority of the Southeast Fire Centre is currently “high”, with areas of “extreme” fire danger near Invermere, Cranbrook, Nakusp, Kaslo, Revelstoke and Grand Forks. Considering the hot and dry weather experienced over the past week, these conditions mean that forest fuels are very dry and the risk of fire is serious. Extreme caution must be exercised when using campfires this weekend.

The Southeast Fire Centre would like to thank the public for reporting wildfires in the region and for using fire safely during this period of elevated fire danger.

The Southeast Fire Centre extends from the U.S. border in the south to the Mica Dam in the north and from the Okanagan Highlands and Monashee Mountains in the west to the B.C.-Alberta border in the east. This includes the Selkirk and Rocky Mountain resource districts.

For information on air quality, as well as smoke forecasts for Western Canada, visit the BC Air Quality website: www.bcairquality.ca/bluesky/west/index.html

To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to: http://www.bcwildfire.ca

You can also follow the latest wildfire news on:

BC | Out-of-province firefighters responding to assist with wildfires

An increase in fire activity around the province has prompted the Wildfire Management Branch to request the help of 200 additional fire suppression personnel from out-of-province.

On Saturday, July 19, 40 sustained action firefighters from Quebec, plus 20 from Nova Scotia and 20 from New Brunswick, will arrive in B.C. Ontario is supplying 120 more crew members who will arrive on Sunday, July 20. All personnel will be flown into Prince George and will be deployed throughout the province based on current and anticipated fire activity.

These resources join more than 1,500 provincial staff, nearly 800 B.C. contractors and 94 out-of-province personnel already engaged in fire response efforts.

Despite a temporary respite in temperatures in northern B.C., continued hot and dry conditions combined with provincewide wind gusts are expected throughout the weekend. The fire danger rating for the province is primarily “high” to “extreme”.

Campfire prohibitions are in effect in many areas of the Wildfire Management Branch’s jurisdiction.

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit: http://www.bcwildfire.ca

You can also follow the latest wildfire news on:

BC | July 18 – Multiple wildfire updates

3 km Botanie Rd (K70270)

Last updated: Friday, July 18, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Location: North of Lytton
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a Mapquest map.
• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.

Discovered: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Size: 470.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 0% contained

Interface: Interface Interface Fire

Evacuation Alerts and Orders are in effect

No further details available at this time.

Cause: Under Investigation

Resources
• 21 firefighters
Firefighters, aircraft and heavy equipment will continue fighting this fire today.

Apex Mountain (K50272)

Last updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Location: Apex Mountain
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a Mapquest map.
• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.

Discovered: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Size: 313.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 50% contained
The Apex fire is estimated at 313 hectares in size. Crews have made good progress in containing the south end of the fire closest to homes. 19 firefighters and one water tender will remain on site overnight.

Interface: Interface Interface Fire

Evacuation Alert is in effect.

The Regional District of the Okanagan Similkameen are coordinating the evacuation alert and plans. More evacuation info here: http://www.rdos.bc.ca/

No further details available at this time.

Cause: Under Investigation

Resources
• 19 firefighters
• 1 heavy equipment
No further details available at this time regarding resources.

Boot Hill (K50289)

Last updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Location: 30 km southwest of Penticton, near Lookout Mountain
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a Mapquest map.
• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.

Discovered: Monday, July 14, 2014

Size: 138.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 30% contained
Crews and heavy equipment were able to make good progress guarding this fire today.

Interface: This is not an interface fire.

No further details available at this time.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
No resources will stay on this incident overnight.

Jura (K60286)

Last updated: Friday, July 18, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Location: Jura, southeast of Missezula Lake, west of Princeton-Summerland
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a Mapquest map.
• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.

Discovered: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Size: 300.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
Crews, air and ground support were able to make good progress on this fire today and there was minimal growth.

Interface: Interface Interface Fire

Evacuation Alert is in effect.

The Regional District of the Okanagan Similkameen are coordinating the evacuation alert and plans. More evacuation info here: http://www.rdos.bc.ca/.

No further details available at this time.

Cause: Under Investigation

Resources
• 20 firefighters
• 10 heavy equipment
Fire fighters and air tankers are responding to this incident today. Fire fighters were also on the fire overnight.

Maka-Murray (K60265)

Last updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Location: Maka-Murray, west of Murray Lake
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a Mapquest map.
• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.

Discovered: Monday, July 14, 2014

Size: 450.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 0% contained
Fire officials are assessing and prioritizing resources for this fire. Today the fire was Rank 4-5.

Interface: Interface Interface Fire

Evacuation Order is in effect.

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has issued an evacuation order for residents living in the vicinity of Murray Lake. There are approximately 30-35 properties in this area.

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
Fire fighters, airtankers and helicopters responded to this fire over the last few days. Crews and equipment will continue to work on this incident.

Smith Creek (K50293)

Last updated: Friday, July 18, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Location: Smith Creek, West Kelowna
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a Mapquest map.
• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.

Discovered: Thursday, July 17, 2014

Size: 400.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 20% contained
Aggressive fire behaviour continues. The fire is estimated to be 20 per cent contained a the base of the wildfire.

Interface: Interface Interface Fire

Evacuation Order is in effect.

Evacuation Order issued by the Central Okanagan Regional District. For more information: http://www.cordemergency.ca/cm/page3353.aspx

No further details available at this time.

Cause: Under Investigation

Resources
• 75 firefighters
• 2 helicopters
• 7 airtankers
Crews from WMB and local fire departments are working to contain this fire with support from helicopters and airtankers.

Harrison Hot Springs (V10265)

Last updated: Friday, July 18, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Location: Harrison Hot Springs, 4 km West
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a Mapquest map.
• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.

Discovered: Thursday, July 17, 2014

Size: 3.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 40% contained
This fire is on the southside of the Harrison River.

Interface: Interface Interface Fire
This fire is near BC Hydro lines.

Access to the river is not currently restricted.

More information
This fire is at the base of a steep slope.

Cause: Human Human Caused
Human-caused, under investigation

Resources
• 23 firefighters
• 1 helicopters
There will be ongoing helicopter bucketing as needed. Ground crews are continuing with aggressive suppression efforts.

Chelaslie River (R10070)

Last updated: Friday, July 18, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Location: Approximately 7km south of the Chelaslie River
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a Mapquest map.
• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.

Discovered: Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Size: 30,000.0 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
• 6 helicopters
• 4 heavy equipment
No further details available at this time regarding resources.

22km Tenakihi (G60195)

Last updated: Friday, July 18, 2014 at 1:17 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.
• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.

Discovered: Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Size: 22,000.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
Cool temperatures and rain in the area have decreased the fire activity on this fire 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: Friday, July 18, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Location: Euchiniko Lakes, 120km west of Quesnel
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a Mapquest map.
• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.

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.

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. 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 to establish contingency lines and primary guards with equipment, as well as burn off fuels where conditions are conducive.

Forres Mountain Fire (G60096)

Last updated: Friday, July 18, 2014 at 11:33 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: Friday, July 18, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Location: 56Km West of Chetwynd
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a Mapquest map.
• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.

Discovered: Sunday, July 13, 2014

Size: 16,000.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 0% contained

Interface: Interface Interface Fire
Fire crews are focusing on these priorities and tactics:
-Protecting life and property;
-controlling the advance of the head of the fire with controlled burnoffs;
-protecting structures,including bridges, that impact fire access and egress;
-integrating organization of operations with industry, utility companies and local fire departments.

Evacuation Alert is in effect.

RESCINDED – The District of Hudson’s Hope has rescinded their evacuation order. AN ALERT REMAINS IN PLACE. 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 weather is cooperating, allowing crews to line-locate and begin dozer guard construction. Crews will be working swing shifts to maximize production during this opportunity.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
• 42 firefighters
• 7 helicopters
• 22 heavy equipment
A Type 1 Incident Management Team is working on this fire.

Mugaha Fire (G60218)

Last updated: Friday, July 18, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Location: 8Km up Mugaha Creek
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a Mapquest map.
• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.

Discovered: Saturday, July 12, 2014

Size: 185.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 60% contained
Cool temperatures and rain in the area have decreased the fire activity on this fire today.

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.

 

 

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
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a Mapquest map.
• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.

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
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a Mapquest map.
• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.

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
• 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: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Location: 56Km West of Chetwynd
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a Mapquest map.
• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.

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
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a Mapquest map.
• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.

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
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a Mapquest map.
• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.

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
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a Mapquest map.
• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.

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
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a Mapquest map.
• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.

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
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a Mapquest map.
• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.

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
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a Mapquest map.
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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
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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
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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: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Location: 56Km West of Chetwynd
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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
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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.