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Rains help fight trio of Tumbler Ridge forest fires, lightning starts three more

Three new fires started by lightning.
Forest Fire
Looking down at a helicopter engaged in the suppression.

One step forward - and one step back. Something like that.

A trio of blazes in the Tumbler Ridge area – Tentfire Creek,Hook Creek, and one in Wolverine Valley near Tumbler Ridge received some fire fighting support from mother nature in the form of more than 25 mm of rain over the last 48 hours.

“Unfortunately, this cell also carried lightning that was responsible for the start of three more fires outside of the municipal boundary; two near Gwillam Lake, and one in Bearhole Provincial Park,” add District of Tumbler officials.

The G71138, Tentfire Creek fire, is still estimated to be 2,800 hectares in size and is approximately 17 kilometres away from the town site of Tumbler Ridge. BC Wildfire crews remain on scene with firefighters and heavy equipment and is currently working to build a guard around a small escape (approx. 2 hectares) from the existing guard.

Helicopters are working to cool down hot spots near the edge of the fire and crews are working in conjunction with air support. A contingency guard is almost completed from Mast Road at kilometer 8 to a gas plant two kilometers away.

The G71134 fire near Hook Creek is still 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.

The G72414 fire in the wolverine valley is now classified as being held by the BC Wildfire Service and has been reduced in size to .7 hectares.

Crews are confidant in the containment lines established and will be monitoring it in the coming days. Officials note the emergence of these new fires further illustrates how dry the conditions are in the forested areas surrounding Tumbler Ridge. As a reminder residents and visitors, 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.