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Firefighters camp at wildfire in Northwest Fire Centre

SMITHERS – The Northwest Fire Centre is making the most of daylight hours by stationing firefighters overnight near the Morice Lake wildfire (R21068), located 70 kilometres southwest of Houston on the east side of Morice Lake.

The Morice Lake wildfire was detected on August 12, and is confirmed to be lightning-caused. This wildfire is receiving suppression activity for approximately 14 hours per day until the fire is out.

The wildfire is five hectares in size and currently burning on steep terrain in coniferous tree stands. 20 firefighters are working to suppress the fire with water, hand tools and air support. Two additional danger tree fallers are also responding.

The Morice Lake wildfire does not pose a threat to structures at this time and is classified as Being Held, meaning no further growth is expected due in part to favourable weather conditions in the coming days.

Due to COVID-19, each firefighter will be sleeping in their own tent and will not be sharing food. Face masks are mandatory when traveling in vehicles to and from worksites, and social distancing must be maintained when possible.

The Northwest Fire Centre has had 31 fires since April 1, 2020 resulting in 52 hectares burned.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 toll- free or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit: www.bcwildfire.ca

 

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