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Lightning causes new forest fires in Northwest Fire Centre…

SMITHERS, BC: A band of lightning that moved through the Northwest Fire Centre the afternoon of Wednesday, June 26, started several new fires in the region.

The BC Wildfire Service has responded to 11 reports of smoke since Wednesday afternoon, but discovered no fires related to four of them. BC Wildfire Service crews are taking action on the remaining seven fires.

Lightning-caused wildfires within the Northwest Fire Centre include:

Skeena Fire Zone:

* R50739 – This fire is about 12.5 kilometres northwest of Rosswood on the shores of Kitsumkalum Lake. It covers less than one hectare. Two Initial Attack Crews attended this fire and received support from an airtanker. Crews are returning to the site today, supported by firefighting aircraft.

* R50749 – This fire is about 12.5 kilometres northwest of Meziadin Junction and covers less than one hectare. Firefighters are attending this fire today, with helicopter bucketing support.

Bulkley Fire Zone:

* R30750 – This fire is about 3.5 kilometres north of the Smithers Airport and covers about 0.2 hectares. An Initial Attack Crew responded with a BC Wildfire Service wildfire officer and helicopter support on Wednesday evening. Crews are on site today and working to extinguish the fire. This fire is being held and no air support is necessary today.

* R40759 – This fire is about 40 kilometres north of Hazelton and covers less than one hectare. This fire is being assessed by BC Wildfire Service crews.

* R30763 – This fire is about 22 kilometres northwest of the Smithers Airport, near Trout Creek. It covers less than one hectare. BC Wildfire Service crews are responding.

* R30761 – This fire is about five kilometres southwest of Witset, near John Brown Creek, and covers less than one hectare. BC Wildfire Service crews are responding.

Nadina Fire Zone:

* R20731 – This fire is about seven kilometres east of Morice Lake and covers less than one hectare. An initial Attack Crew found one tree on fire. The crew felled the tree and extinguished the flames. This fire is now out. No other fire was discovered in the area.

Another band of lightning is expected to move through the Northwest Fire Centre again today (Thursday, June 27), accompanied by rainfall. Firefighters are on standby to respond to any new fires.

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 current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, call 1 888 3-FOREST or visit: http://www.bcwildfire.ca

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