Rain helps get Peace Region wildfires under control


We certainly have seen a lot of rain in our area over the last few days and that weather has been helping crews fight the region's wildfires.
Over the last week, heavy rainfall and thunderstorms hit the region, with lightning sparking several fires. But rain has significantly dampened the fires and reduced the total number from 91 in the Prince George Fire Centre to 50.
"The Peace Region and the northeast probably picked up 50 fires,” said Amanda Reynolds, a fire information officer with the BC Wildfire Service. “This has gone down due to the rainfall in Fort Nelson and the Peace Region that has been forecasted. We’ve seen decreased fire activity on the fires that we have."
The Clarke Lake Road fire near the Fort Nelson First Nation is no longer an active fire thanks to pressure from fire crews and the rain, while the Pink Mountain fire is currently being held at 25 hectares.
"The fire that was 3 kilometers southeast of the Muskwa was reported in May and it is now under control," Reynolds said.
There looks to be no stop to the rainfall anytime soon. Environment Canada says showers are expected for the next week. Yesterday, more than 20 millimeters of rain fell in the region.

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