Lightning sparks fires near Francois Lake, Nadina Lake

The Chutanli Lake fire. B.C. Wildfire Service photo
The Chutanli Lake fire southeast of Francois Lake. B.C. Wildfire Service photo

The BC Wildfire Service is responding to multiple fire starts in the Nadina fire zone after a band of lightning moved through the area. Specifically in areas south of François Lake, west of François Lake and near Nadina Lake. Two major fires in the area are the Nadina Lake Fire (R21721) which is approximately 380 hectares, and the Verdun Mountain Fire (R11796) which is 52 hectares.

The Northwest Fire Centre is currently assessing these fires in a priority sequence. Protection of life and property is the BC Wildfire Services’ top priority. Ground crews and helicopters are currently working on many of the new fires that started yesterday and a skimmer airtanker group is currently working on the Verdun Mountain Fire. In addition, more resources including crews, helicopters, and structure protection units are en route.

Any evacuation alerts for this area will be coordinated by the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako and posted on their web site:http://www.rdbn.bc.ca/

For information about other fires of note in the Northwest Fire Centre or elsewhere in the province, please visit: http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hp…/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp