Favorable conditions keep Parker Lake fire away from Fort Nelson | Forest fires in Canada

Favorable conditions keep Parker Lake fire away from Fort Nelson | Forest fires in Canada
Favorable conditions keep Parker Lake fire away from Fort Nelson | Forest fires in Canada

Separately, BC Wildfire has not issued new evacuation orders in the area and rain could give firefighters a helping hand on Wednesday.

Fort Nelson

As of Tuesday evening, the community and Fort Nelson First Nation were still evacuated due to the Nogah Creek, Parker Lake and Patry Creek fires.

The Nogah Creek Fire and the Patry Creek Fire are dormant fires that returned to strength 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.

Smaller, with an area of ​​84 km2, the Parker Lake fire is however near Fort Nelson. As of Tuesday evening, the flames did not appear to have moved any closer to the community and were still approximately 1.5 miles west of the community, according to BC Wildfire.

The conditions indeed seemed more favorable on Tuesday and the fire had not gained much surface area, unlike on Monday. Morgan Blois, information officer at BC Wildfire, explained that the forecast called for strong winds. These were lower in intensity than expected and their orientation, towards the south, would have even helped to keep the fire away from the community.

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 also 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 fire at the origin of these evacuations covered an area of ​​605 hectares on Tuesday evening.

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

Sharon 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.

Nearly 4,700 people evacuated

The mayor of the Regional Municipality of Northern Rockies, Rob Frasermentioned that employees at the Emergency Operations Center called as many people as possible and had to convince some of them to leave their homes.

Around 4,700 people were evacuated from the area around Fort Nelson. Mr. Fraser believes that around fifty people are still in this area, in addition to emergency personnel.

I’m really scared, shares Joanne Stewart, a Fort Nelson resident evacuated to Fort St John, who experienced a similar situation growing up in Ontario. “We almost lost my little sister, so it’s brought me a lot of nightmares these last few days,” she admits.

But the warm welcome from the Fort St John community and the support of the province brings a glimmer of hope at a dark time for Ms. Stewart and her family.

“We have a lot of support, everyone at Fort St John is really generous,” she shares.

Rob Fraser, mayor of the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, which includes Fort Nelson, spoke of some looting in the evacuated community.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said a few isolated incidents of property crime have been reported in the area and arrests have been made.

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.

Persons subject to an evacuation alert should prepare to leave their home quickly 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).

We do everything we can

Prime Minister David Eby says he incredibly proud of all those fighting the fire who have managed to prevent structural damage so far.

He assures the inhabitants of the region that we do everything we can to face the situation in the best way.

David Eby admits that fighting fires is a costly undertaking, but the safety of our communities from fires is non-negotiable.

During the last wildfire season, the province spent $1 billion to fight fires and support evacuees, the premier shared.

The drought is intense and the risk is extremely real. I ask everyone to please think carefully before lighting a fire in your community

128 active lights

As of Tuesday evening, British Columbia had 128 active fires, including 5 that appeared in the last 24 hours.

Of these fires, 15 are not under control, 1 is contained, and 112 are considered under control. The only one considered of importance is that of Parker Lake, which is the main blaze which led to the evacuation of Fort Nelson.

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