Large wildfire near Fort Nelson

BCITV
06/22/2018

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With warmer, dry weather this past week -- that has resulted in some new wildfires in the Peace Region. 

There is currently a 300 hectare fire that started yesterday near Fort Nelson; 5 miles south southeast of the airport.

BC Wildfire Services Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds says, the fire is continuing to move east, away from the airport. "they've got two helicopters on currently on scene bucketing the fire and air tankers available if they need a request. There's 35 firefighters on the incident and they will be rotating with their shifts and they will be working 24 hours a day on the fire."

Reynolds says, the suspected cause of the fire is lightning, and it is currently 20 percent contained.

The fire is one of dozens of blazes in Northeast BC, including two 50 hectare fires along the Alaska Highway near Buckinghorse River, and a 530 hectare fire along the Muskwa River in the Northern Rocky Mountains Provincial Park.

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