The northern part of the province is not immune to the recent spike in wildfire activity with three ‘wildfires of note’ in the Prince George Fire Centre.
A 4,800-hectare fire is burning ‘out of control’ in the Buckinghorse River, adjacent to Highway 97 North in the Pink Mountain area.
The Peace River Regional District has issued an evacuation order (Order #1) for the following area(s):
- 1.5km on either side of Highway 97N south of Mile 202 to Mile 190
- 5km west of Highway 97N and 25km east of Highway 97N from Mile 190 south to the Buckinghorse River Bridge either side of the Alaska Highway 97N
The Peace River Regional District has issued an evacuation alert (Alert #2) for the following area(s): Peace River Regional District Electoral Area B
- South of the Buckinghorse River including 11km on the eastern side and 5km on the western side of Highway 97N
- North of the Sikanni Chief River including 11km on the eastern side and 5km on the western side of Highway 97N
- Including Sikanni Chief Road and PDR 156 Road
Highway 97N closures remain in effect between Suicide Hill Pullout and Prophet River Sub Road (87 km north of Wonowon to 102 km south of Fort Nelson) in both directions.
Individuals travelling north from Fort St. John can expect to be turned around at Wonowon and those travelling south from Fort Nelson can expect to be turned around at the Prophet River Bridge.
A 2,200-hectare fire is burning a Beatton River. Lightning is the suspected cause and it is classified as out of control.
A 2,200-hectare fire is burning near the Alaska Highway. Drivers can expect delays and/or closure of Highway 97N between Sikanni Chief Road and Prophet River Sub Road for 59.3km (112km north of Wonowon to 114km south of Fort Nelson). BC Wildfire Service and RCMP are on site and will pilot essential traffic through when it is safe to do so. Updates available on Drive BC: https://www.drivebc.ca/mobile/pub/events/Highway97.html