Rain helping to contain wildfires around Prince George

No growth anticipated for the remaining wildfires in the Prince George Fire Centre

The recent rainy weather is helping contain the remaining wildfires around Prince George.

The two wildfires listed as "wildfires of note" in the Prince George Fire Centre are currently in the mop-up stage. The Chutanli Lake Fire and the fire north of Tezzeron Lake, which were both discovered Jul. 30, haven’t seen any recent growth.

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“They have received rain so it’s winding down and they are not going to be wildfires of note for much longer,” says fire information officer Forrest Tower.

Tower says firefighters are currently using pump and hoses to get water onto the edge of the fire and that the rain has helped extinguish activity in the middle of the fire.

“It’s been pretty quiet with the weather we have been getting recently,” he says.

The Shovel Lake and Island Lake blazes, also within the Prince George Fire Centre, are not growing either, adds Tower.

The Chutanli Lake fire, which is 11 kilometres northeast of Tatelkuz Lake, is currently being held and is 80 per cent contained. It's currently estimated to be 20,813 hectares in size. There are currently 90 firefighters and 13 pieces of heavy equipment working the inferno.

Structural protection is also being demobilized as the threat to properties has eased, according to Tower. The Kluskus Forest Service Road is now safe for travel and open to all traffic; however, Martin Road and the Blue Road remain closed due to fire activity, as does Grey Road.

The wildfire fire North of Tezzeron Lake, 106 km northwest of Vanderhoof, is being held and is 40 per cent contained. It's currently mapped at 10,602 hectares. There are currently 56 firefighters and two pieces of heavy equipment working on the fire.

The Hat Creek Forest Service Road and Hat Creek Connector remain closed, but Leo Road remains open. Crews in the west continue to strengthen containment, mop up and monitor to ensure the fire does not travel west to Leo Road.


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