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Nineteen fires in Prince George Fire Centre area, two new ones

The bad news is that there are currently 19 wildfires, larger than 0.01 hectares, burning in the Prince George Fire Centre area.

The good news is that there have been only two new fires sparked in the last week. A .08-hectare fire was sparked by lightning July 30 about 10 miles west of Punchaw Lake, west of Hixon. England Creek, east of Prince George, is the site of a 0.10-hectare fire that was also sparked July 30.

The largest fire in the Prince George Fire Centre area is the Chedakuz Creek fire southwest of Vanderhoof at 2,335 hectares.

The Big Bend Creek fire, 75 kilometres down the Kluskus Forest Service Road, is at 2,062 hectares. About 100 per cent  of the fire is loosely guarded with machine guard and tied into existing roads. Ground crews and heavy equipment continue to work to improve guards and suppress hot spots.  Structural protection (sprinkler systems) remain in place for structures in the area.

Residents in the area are under an evacuation alert.

The much-needed rain isn’t going to come any time soon as the forecast for most of the province is hot and dry this week.

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