Planned burn set Alkali Lake fire

The Alkali Lake fire, which is part of the Stikine Complex, is estimated at 118,318 hectares. Fire behaviour on the north end of the fire has lessened in recent days and crews have begun to demobilize equipment from this area. The south end of the fire continues to show active fire behaviour and is a priority.

In an effort to slow the fire’s progression toward Glenora, a community of rural properties southwest of Telegraph Creek, crews are preparing for a burn operation that will remove forest fuels in front of the fire and draw the fire away from the community. This operation will go ahead only if conditions allow. In addition to fuel-free fireguards that have been created in preparation for this operation, fire retardant and helicopter bucketing will be used to help manage the burn.

Significant amounts of smoke may be visible in the area and from Dease Lake, Iskut and other nearby communities if the burn goes ahead.