Increased smoke activity in the Kispiox valley is a result of two fires burning north of the community.
Kispiox is located 15 kilometres north of Hazelton. The Northwest Fire Centre has 11 active fires in the Bulkley fire zone. One of those fires is the Pope Fire (R41980) which is burning 25 kilometres northwest of Kispiox and 35 km northwest of Hazelton.
Pope Fire is currently 450 hectares in size and receiving fire suppression action. 22 firefighters and five pieces of heavy machinery are on site. Helping with fire suppression is a local firefighting crew from Kispiox, firefighters from the Yukon as well as assistance from the BC Wildfire Service. The fire did cross the Pope FSR yesterday but firefighters were able to contain it. A tactical closure of the Pope FSR is currently in place and will be reassessed after the weekend. The fire is burning within equipment-made guard that encircles the fire 100%. The lightning caused fire is not a threat to Kispiox at this time.
Cutoff Mountain Fire (R41945) is burning approximately 35 kilometres northwest of Kispiox. This lightning caused fire is burning around 80 hectares in size. Smoke will be visible from this fire due to large amounts of unburned fuel within the containment lines. Cutoff Mountain Fire is currently being monitored.
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