Tentfire Creek fire has grown to 2,800 hectares and is approximately 17 kilometres away from the town site of Tumbler Ridge.
Last week the fire was reclassified as out of control - out of an abundance of caution in consideration of the hot, dry weather that was anticipated for the area. Over the long weekend, the BC Wildfire Service successfully conducted several planned ignition events as weather conditions permitted.
The planned ignition area was approximately 650 hectares, spanning a length of 4 kilometres. The objective for this burn was to reinforce equipment lines to the existing burn off from the fire guard on the eastern side of the fire. BC Wildfire crews remain on scene with firefighters and heavy equipment to continue mop up operations with bucket support from helicopters and to maintain the guards.
The fire near Hook Creek is now estimated to be 258 hectares in size, and is still being monitored by BC Wildfire Service and BC Parks representatives.
Monkman Provincial Park remains closed at park boundary, and signage has been put up warning the travelling public of the closure.
Last week, the Prince George Fire Center had received enough favorable weather to warrant the removal of the campfire ban for the majority of their area. Unfortunately, this favorable weather was not received in the District of Tumbler Ridge. This was evident by the recent start of a fire north of Stoney Lake; the fire was quickly brought under control.
With the current fire hazard rating remaining high, in addition to the recent absence of forecasted precipitation received in the area, the District of Tumbler Ridge will continue to maintain 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.