There are three ‘wildfires of note’ in the Prince George Fire Centre area this morning.
The Chilako fire, east of Finger-Tatuk Provincial Park, is listed at 700 hectares and is considered out of control. The fire is exhibiting Rank 4 fire behaviour at the head. Crews are engaging in indirect suppression efforts due to extreme fire behaviour, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service website.
They are tackling the fire with 55 firefighters, four helicopters and 15 pieces of heavy equipment.
The Kennedy Siding fire – east of Highway 97, 20 kilometres north of Highway 39 Junction – is 30 hectares in size and is being held. Thirty-five firefighters and one helicopter are on site.
The Murray Forest Service road, southwest of Tumbler Ridge, is 700 hectares in size and a contingency guard around the fire is nearly complete. There are three firefighters, two helicopters, and three pieces of heavy equipment working on the blaze.
There are seven new fires in the Prince George Fire Centre area, four lightning caused and three human caused. To date this year, there have been 123 wildfires in the region that have burned 16,687 hectares of forest.