UPDATE: The Bish Creek wildfire, located approximately ten kilometres southwest of Kitimat, has grown to 40 hectares in size. The increased fire size is due to more accurate mapping of the perimeter as a result of improved visibility and overnight spread. The fire is currently burning in two cut blocks. There are 38 firefighters on-site being assisted by two helicopters with buckets.
The BC Wildfire Service is asking the public to please avoid the area to ensure personnel and public safety. As of May 12, 2020. At 4 PM.
SMITHERS, BC: The BC Wildfire Service is responding to a wildfire burning approximately ten kilometres southwest of Kitimat, off the Bish Creek Forest Service Road.
The Bish Creek wildfire (R50250) was reported in the evening of Sunday, May 10. BC Wildfire Service crews, assisted by two helicopters actioned the fire last night.
The fire is burning in two cut blocks and is estimated to be 15 hectares in size. As of noon today, May 11, 38 firefighters, two helicopters and two airtankers are on site, actioning the fire. The fire is suspected to be human-caused.
High, gusty winds and warm temperatures, expected to continue through Wednesday, are challenging control efforts. Smoke from the fire is visible to surrounding communities. The public is asked to please avoid the area to ensure personnel and public safety.
Open burning prohibitions remain in effect throughout British Columbia. BC Conservation Officers conduct regular patrols throughout B.C., while Natural Resource Officers from the Compliance and Enforcement Branch work closely with BC Wildfire Service staff to investigate the cause of wildfires and any improper fire use when an open burning prohibition is in effect. Check with local authorities for any other restrictions before lighting any fire.
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Written and released by BC Wildfire Service.