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Helicopters fight new forest fire within 10 km of Tumbler Ridge

Fire fighters are using helicopters, air tankers, as well as ground personnel and equipment..
20180723 forest fire helicopter water bombing
Courtesy MNRF.

A new forest fire burns closer and closer to Tumbler Ridge - with helicopters fighting the blaze from above.

Last night District of Tumbler Ridge and BC Wildfire Service officials received reports of a visible column of smoke west of Tumbler Ridge. Members of the Tumbler Ridge Fire Department and BC Wildfire Service responded to the area in order to further assess the situation. Unfortunately, the condition of secondary roads and overall terrain of the area did not allow for ground personnel to gain adequate access in order to begin any fire fighting.

Thursday morning, the BC Wildfire Service estimates the fire to be 1 hectare in size and is approximately eight kilometres from the town site of Tumbler Ridge. BCWS crews are aggressively attacking this fire using helicopters, as well as ground personnel and equipment. Air tankers may also be visible in the skies above Tumbler Ridge as they become available. At this time, there is no safety risk to the residents of Tumbler Ridge.

The cause of this fire is currently unknown. Forecasted precipitation in the coming days is expected to aid in the control of this fire. 

As a reminder, the District of Tumbler Ridge has implemented a burning restriction within the municipal area until further notice. This restriction includes campfires and all other restricted activities in effect for the Prince George Fire Centre. The use of certified portable camping pits displaying a ULC or CSA certification will remain permitted.