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Increased smoke expected on wildfires across the Northwest Fire Centre

SMITHERS – Northwest Fire Centre forecasters are calling for warmer temperatures and lower relative humidity throughout the Fire Centre in the coming days. As a result, the public can expect to see increased smoke from wildfires in the Nadina Fire Zone and the Bulkley Fire Zone.

As temperatures increase and we experience a drying trend in these areas, fire activity is expected to increase on existing wildfires. Additionally, as forest fuels become more receptive to ignition, small-scale planned ignition projects on some incidents in the Nadina Fire Zone may be undertaken to remove unburned fuel in an intentional way and secure control lines.

Over the last several weeks, firefighters, officers, contractors, and support staff have been working diligently with support from our partners as well as aviation resources and multiple pieces of heavy equipment. Good progress has been made on many incidents as the downturn in weather bolstered the efforts of ground crews. Still other incidents are in steep or inaccessible terrain or lack safe or achievable objectives. These fires continue to be monitored and assessed for suppression opportunities.

None of the active wildfires are currently threatening communities or infrastructure, however the public should remain diligent and aware of wildfire activity as conditions may change as the summer progresses. The BC Wildfire Service continues to have Initial Attack Crews and aircraft positioned across the Northwest Fire Centre on standby to respond to any potential new incidents.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For up-to-date information on a current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, download the BC Wildfire Service app or visit:

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