The Prince George Fire Centre is dealing with a number of forest fires in the Fort Nelson area.  The Fire Centre has responded to eight new fire starts in the past 48 hours, two of which have reached over 200 hectares in size.

All but one of the fires were started by lightning, and the fires are currently being assessed and prioritized as needed.

The Dunedin River Fire, located 95 km west of Fort Nelson, is 240 hectares in size. The smoke from this fire may be visible in Fort Nelson. There are currently no values immediately threatened and the fire is in modified response and will be closely monitored.

The Grayling River fire, located 75 km north of Toad River, is 200 hectares in size. The smoke may be visible from the Alaska Highway. There are currently no values immediately threatened, and this fire is in modified response and will be closely monitored.

The Thetlaandoa Creek fire, located 100 km northeast of Fort Nelson is 120 hectares in size. The fire is currently very active and response officers are on route to assess the fire.

Open fires larger than a half-metre high by a half-metre wide are currently prohibited across the Prince George Fire Centre. Campfires are permitted but must be fully extinguished with the ashes cold to the touch before leaving the area for any amount of time.

The fire danger rating is currently “high” to “extreme” through the entire Fort Nelson Fire Zone.