Wildfires: Fort Nelson and Doig River First Nation remain evacuated | Forest fires in Canada

Wildfires: Fort Nelson and Doig River First Nation remain evacuated | Forest fires in Canada
Wildfires: Fort Nelson and Doig River First Nation remain evacuated | Forest fires in Canada

The wildfires raging in British Columbia have already led to the evacuation of some communities in the northeast of the province. The wind predicted Tuesday morning could further push the flames toward Fort Nelson, which is anxiously awaiting rain expected Wednesday.

Fort Nelson

The town and First Nation of Fort Nelson are still evacuated due to the Nogah Creek (G90228), Parker Lake (G90267) and Patry Creek (G90207) fires.

The Nogah Creek Fire and the Patry Creek Fire are dormant fires that were reignited in early May. The Nogah Creek Fire is 600 km in size2 and burning 60 km east of Fort Nelson, while the Patry Creek fire covers an area of ​​340 km2. The two fires are not under control.

As of Tuesday morning, the flames are about 2.5 km west of the community. and the fire reached an area of ​​84 km2.

Conditions look more favorable for the next 24 hours. BC Wildfire do not expect strong winds and the fire is moving south and away from the city.

Rain forecast for Wednesday could give a helping hand to firefighters battling the flames in the region.

In the meantime, Environment Canada is maintaining a special air quality bulletin for the region due to smoke from forest fires. People who are affected are asked to limit their outdoor activities and take the necessary measures to limit their exposure to smoke.

Doig River

On Monday afternoon, the Peace River Regional District and Doig River First Nation issued evacuation orders for various areas located approximately 40 km northeast of Fort St John, the town where hundreds of evacuees from Fort Nelson took refuge.

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A wildfire near the Doig River First Nation reserve, near Fort St John, is pictured Monday. The fire prompted an evacuation order for the entire community.

Photo: Photo submitted by Marlene Benson

In its evacuation order, the First Nation specifies that the fire is spreading very close to the community, in particular to trees and foliage. According to BC Wildfirethe G80305 fire, at the origin of these evacuations, covers an area of ​​2.5 km2.

Sharon Nickel, information officer at BC Wildfirestates that there is no immediate threat to structures in the area and that BC Wildfire supports the First Nation’s decision to issue an evacuation order.

Nickel says there are several fires in the Fort St. John area and is asking anyone who sees smoke to report it using the provincial information line.

Some sectors on alert

Several areas bordering the evacuated locations are also subject to evacuation alerts.

An alert is also in effect in an area along the Bridge River, south of Carpenter Lake. The alert was issued by the Regional District of Squamish-Lillooet due to the Truax Creek Fire (K70302).

Persons subject to an evacuation alert should prepare to quickly leave their residence without further notice if the alert becomes an evacuation order.

The latest information on evacuation alerts and orders, as well as where to seek shelter, is available on the EmergencyInfoBC website (New window).

131 active fires in the province

As of Tuesday morning, British Columbia had 131 active fires, including only 1 that appeared in the last 24 hours.

Of these fires, 14 are not under control, 1 is contained and 116 are considered under control. The only fire considered significant was Parker Lake (G90267), which was the main blaze leading to the evacuation of Fort Nelson.

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