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UPDATE: PG and Northwest Fire Centres see campfire ban lifted

(UPDATE: July 28 @ 6:40 pm) – There has been progress in the Prince George Fire Centre.

The province announced that effective today at noon, the campfire prohibition will be lifted in the Prince George and Northwest fire centres.

Visit this link for more information.

Here are the updates for the Prince George Fire Centre:

  • The Cutoff Creek (21,500 Ha), Black Pine (16,314 Ha) and Grizzly Lake (4,891 Ha) wildfires are all being held while the Black Pine fire will no longer be considered a fire of note.

  • The Mount Porter wildfire remains at 13,659 Ha.

  • The Forres Mountain (8,700 Ha) and Klawli Lake (6,231 Ha) wildfires are still modified response fires.

  • The Tentfire Creek wildfire (2,180 Ha) is once again considered to be burning out of control.

For updates on evacuation orders, alerts or area restrictions visit: rdbn.bc.ca, BCWS and cariboord.ca (for Grizzly Lake).


Here are today’s updates for the Cariboo Fire Centre:

  • The Purdy Lake wildfire has seen no new growth and remains at 8,100 Ha. Crews continue to patrol the north and southwestern flanks to extinguish hotspots.

  • The Big Stick Lake fire is down 300 Ha and is burning at 7,020 Ha now. Crews continued bucketing, patrol and mop up operations.

<who> Photo Credit: Province of BC

  • The Young Lake fire saw some significant growth and is now burning at 4,937 Ha. Crews set up sprinkler deployment on Sharpe Lake and aerial assessments on Eagan Lake. Crews also continued extinguishment operations.
  • The South of Canim Lake fire saw no new growth and remains at 2,673 Ha.

  • The Mckinley Lake fire is now estimated to be one hectare bigger at 1,835 Ha. Scans will be completed in the coming days for hotspots.

  • The Chasm lake fire is now being held at 454 Ha.

For updates on evacuation orders, alerts or area restrictions visit: BCWS, cariboord.ca, tnrd.ca (for Chasm, Flat Lake, Young Lake).


(UPDATE: July 27 @ 1:00 pm) – There are now seven wildfires of note in the PGFC and eight in the Cariboo.

Here is the latest information about the wildfires of note in the Prince George Fire Centre:

  • The Cutoff Creek (21,500 hectares) and Grizzly Lake (4,891 hectares) wildfires are now being held.

  • The Black Pine wildfire has shown no growth since July 19 and sits at 16,314 hectares.

  • The Mount Porter wildfire went down to 13,659 hectares over the weekend.

  • The Forres Mountain (8,700 hectares) and Klawli Lake (6,231 hectares) wildfires are now “modified response fires.” BCWS will continue monitoring them and respond when necessary to protect values in the area.

<who> Photo Credit: BC Wildfire dashboard / (From top to bottom, marked with flames) Forres Mountain, Black Pine, Mount Porter, Klawli Lake

  • The Tentfire Creek (2,180 hectares) wildfire is considered out of control again. This decision became effective July 26.

  • The Camsell Lake is no longer a wildfire of note.

For updates on evacuation orders, alerts or area restrictions visit: rdbn.bc.ca, BCWS and cariboord.ca (for Grizzly Lake).


Here are the latest updates for the wildfires of note in the Cariboo Fire Centre:

  • Visit this link for updates on the Flat Lake wildfire.

  • The Purdy Lake wildfire is burning at 8,100 hectares (and is still a fire of note).

  • The Big Stick Lake wildfire now has a fire guard around most of the perimeter. It is burning at an estimated 7,321 hectares.

  • Young Lake wildfire is burning at 4,000 hectares.

  • The South of Canim Lake wildfire is active but crews have made a lot of progress on this fire. It is burning at an estimated 2,673 hectares.

<who> Photo Credit: BC Wildfire dashboard

  • The Mckinley Lake fire (1,834 hectares) has not shown any growth since July 15.

  • The Hotnarko Creek wildfire (1,500 hectares) has not experienced any growth since July 14, is being held and will no longer be considered a wildfire of note.

  • The Chasm wildfire is still estimated at 454 hectares and is also being held with a guard around the entire fire perimeter.

For updates on evacuation orders, alerts or area restrictions visit: BCWS, cariboord.ca, tnrd.ca (for Chasm, Flat Lake, Young Lake).

<who> Photo Credit: BC Wildfire dashboard


(UPDATE: July 23 @ 5:30 pm) – Three of the eight wildfires of note in the Prince George Fire centre are now being held, one is 100% guarded and the other four have seen minimal growth.

Two of the nine wildfires of note in the Cariboo fire centre will no longer be considered wildfires of note. All fires in this fire centre saw minimal growth this week.

Here are the latest updates on those fires:

  • Cutoff Creek is burning at 21,500 hectares and is now being held. Crews continue to find and extinguish hot spots and establish control lines.

<who> Photo Credit: RDBN

  • The area restriction for Black Pine (16,314 hectares) has been rescinded, effective July 20. This fire is not a threat to structures.

  • The Mount Porter wildfire has not seen any growth this week and continues to burn at 14,932 hectares.

  • The Forres Mountain wildfire has also not seen any significant growth this week and remains at an estimated 8,700 hectares.

  • The Klawli Lake wildfire (6,231 hectares) has not seen any growth since July 13. It is not an interface fire but is still considered to be burning out of control.

  • BCWS reported that the Grizzly Lake wildfire is now 100% guarded. This fire saw a small amount of growth and now sits at 4,891 hectares.

  • The Tentfire Creek wildfire (2,400 hectares) and the Camsell Lake wildfire (300 hectares) are both being held. All evacuation notifications for the Camsell Lake wildfire have now been rescinded.

For updates on evacuation orders, alerts or area restrictions visit: rdbn.bc.ca, the BC Wildfire Service and cariboord.ca (for Grizzly Lake).

Here are the latest updates for the Cariboo Fire Centre:

  • BCWS reported that the Purdy Lake wildfire is now 50% guarded. This fire remains at 8,000 hectares but will no longer be considered a wildfire of note.

  • The Big Stick Lake wildfire saw minimal growth and continues to burn at an estimated 7,321 hectares.

  • The Young Lake fire has shown no significant growth this week and remains at an estimated 2,631 hectares.

  • The South of Canim Lake fire grew slightly and is now burning at 2,631 hectares. Crews continue to monitor this fire and build a guard around the area.

  • The Mckinley Lake wildfire has seen minimal growth this week and remains at 1,834 hectares.

  • The Hotnarko Creek wildfire has not grown past 1,500 hectares since July 14.

  • The Succour Lake wildfire (41191) merged with the fire Southwest of Judy Lake (C41395) for a total combined size of 1,600 hectares. BCWS reports that today will be the last update as a wildfire of note.

  • The Chasm wildfire saw a bit of growth and is now burning at 454 hectares. There are 47 firefighters and 3 pieces of heavy equipment on scene.

For updates on evacuation orders, alerts or area restrictions visit: the BC Wildfire Service, cariboord.ca, tnrd.ca (for Chasm, Flat, Lake, Young Lake).

NowMedia staff will update this story as more information becomes available.


(UPDATE: July 21 @ 3:00 pm) – Only two out of the eight wildfires of note in the Prince George Fire Centre have shown growth since Monday, July 19.

Six out of nine wildfires of note in the Cariboo Fire Centre have grown since Monday.

Here are today’s updates for the Prince George Fire Centre:

  • The Cutoff Creek (21,500), Black Pine (16,314), Mount Porter (14,932) and Forres Mountain (8,700) wildfires have not grown since July 19.

  • Klawli Lake (6,231 hectares) has not shown any significant growth since last Tuesday, July 13.

  • Camsell Lake wildfire is being held at an estimated 310 hectares.

  • The Grizzly Lake wildfire grew an estimated 20 hectares since July 19 and is now burning at 4,620 hectares.

  • The Tentfire Creek fire is now being held but grew slightly to 2,400 hectares from the 2,386 reported Monday.

For updates on evacuation orders, alerts or area restrictions visit: rdbn.bc.ca, the BC Wildfire Service and cariboord.ca (for Grizzly Lake).

<who> Photo Credit: BC Wildfire dashboard / Map showing the locations of the eight wildfires of note in the Prince George Fire Centre.

Here are today’s updates for the Cariboo Fire Centre:

  • This story will no longer contain specific information on the Flat Lake fire, visit this link for the latest updates.

  • Purdy Lake grew to 8,000 hectares since Monday’s report. Crews have this fire 50% guarded and saw some rain on site today.

  • Big Stick Lake showed some significant growth and is now burning at 7,271 hectares. The cause of this fire remains under investigation.

  • The South of Canim Lake fire grew to 2,487 hectares since Monday. The evacuation for the south side of Canim Lake remains in place, while the north side remains on evacuation alert.

  • The Chasm wildfire grew two hectares and is now estimated to be 400 hectares.

  • The Young Lake grew significantly since Monday and is estimated at 2,631 hectares.

<who> Photo Credit: BC Wildfire Service

  • Mckinley Lake (1,834 hectares) has seen no growth since July 15. The cause of this fire remains under investigation.

  • Hotnarko Creek (1,500 hectares) has not seen any growth since July 14.

  • Succour Lake fire (529 hectares) has not seen any new growth since July 19. The BC Wildfire Service is currently monitoring this fire and will respond if necessary.

For updates on evacuation orders, alerts or area restrictions visit: the BC Wildfire Service, cariboord.ca, tnrd.ca (for Chasm, Flat, Lake, Young Lake).

NowMedia staff will update this story as more information becomes available.


(UPDATE: July 19 @ 1:00 pm) – In the PGFC, four out of seven wildfires of note saw rapid growth. The Cariboo fire centre saw only three of the nine fires of note grow significantly.

Here are the latest updates for the Prince George Fire Centre:

  • Cutoff Creek wildfire has gone down to 21,500 hectares. It is not considered out of control, and has been moved down to the "active" level. There are 56 firefighters, 3 helicopters and 22 pieces of heavy equipment on scene.
  • Black Pine grew rapidly up to 16,314 hectares. There are 11 firefighters, 1 helicopter and 4 pieces of heavy equipment fighting this blaze.
  • Mount Porter wildfire is now burning at 14,932 hectares. There are 17 firefighters, 3 helicopters and 15 pieces of heavy equipment tackling this fire.

<who> Photo Credit: BCWS / Location of the Mount Porter, Black Pine and Forres Mountain wildfires

  • Forres Mountain wildfire grew 6,000 hectares and now sits at 8,700 hectares. The BCWS website says there is one firefighter monitoring the fire for signs of aggressive behaviour. This fire is out of control but is not a risk to structures.
  • Klawli Lake wildfire has shown no growth since July 13 and remains to be an estimated 6,231 hectares. It is burning out of control but is not a threat to structures.
  • Grizzly Lake wildfire is still burning out of control at an estimated 4,600 hectares.
  • Tentfire Creek wildfire is now sitting at 2,386 hectares but it is now considered to be under control. There are 15 firefighters battling this blaze, with the help of 1 helicopter and eight pieces of heavy equipment.
  • Camsell Lake wildfire is now being held by 28 firefighters, 3 helicopters and 5 pieces of heavy equipment. This fire remains at 310 hectares.

For updates on evacuation orders, alerts or area restrictions visit: rdbn.bc.ca, the BC Wildfire Service and cariboord.ca (for Grizzly Lake).

Here are the latest updates for the Cariboo Fire Centre:

  • Flat Lake wildfire is being covered in another story by NowMedia staff. Visit this link for all the latest information.
  • Purdy Lake wildfire is actively burning at 7,900 hectares as of Sunday, July 18. There are 33 firefighters, 1 helicopter and 33 pieces of heavy equipment fighting this fire.
  • Big Stick Lake wildfire grew slightly and is actively burning at 6,580 hectares. There are 58 firefighters, 5 helicopters and 19 pieces of heavy equipment on scene.
  • South of Canim Lake wildfire grew slightly and is actively burning at 2,343 hectares. There are 29 firefighters, 14 helicopters and 25 pieces of heavy equipment fighting this blaze. They are being supported by 17 structural protection personnel.
  • Mckinley Lake wildfire has shown no growth since July 15. It is actively burning while 43 firefighters, 3 helicopters and 22 pieces of heavy equipment work to suppress it.
  • Hotnarko Creek wildfire has not grown significantly since July 14. Highway 20 is no longer impacted. There are 64 firefighters, 2 helicopters and 11 pieces of heavy equipment fighting this fire.
  • Young Lake wildfire grew slightly to 846 hectares. This fire is burning just north of the Sparks Lake wildfire and community bulletin provides information for both fires. The incident management team working on the Sparks Lake fire is resourcing this fire as much as needed.
  • Succour Lake wildfire grew only one hectare to 529. Crews worked hard on initial attacks and continue to hold guards and cool hot spots.
  • Chasm wildfire grew slightly to 398 hectares. There are 30 firefighters and nine pieces of heavy equipment fighting this fire

For updates on evacuation orders, alerts or area restrictions visit: the BC Wildfire Service, cariboord.ca, tnrd.ca (for Chasm, Flat, Lake, Young Lake).

NowMedia staff will update this story as more information becomes available.


(UPDATE: July 16 @ 6:30 pm) – Since Wednesday, July 14 the wildfires across the Prince George and Cariboo fire centres have slowed in growth.

The Prince George Fire Centre currently has eight wildfires of note burning with 66 active fires across the region.

The wildfires of note include:

  • Cutoff Creek wildfires is burning at 23,310 hectares. This fire has prompted evacuation alerts and orders, visit rdbn.bc.ca for more information.

<who> Photo Credit: BC Wildfire Dashboard

  • The Mount Porter has seen no growth since July 12 and remains at an estimated 6,345 hectares. This fire has prompted an evacuation order for properties that may be impacted, visit rdbn.bc.ca for more information.
  • The Klawli Lake wildfire has been holding at 6,231 hectares since July 13. BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) has implemented an area restriction order for this area, visit this link for more information.
  • The Black Pine wildfire remains at an estimated 5,000 hectares and there is an area restriction.
  • The Grizzly Lake wildfire, a new fire of note, grew to 4,600 hectares since July 15. This fire was discovered on July 10 and is believed to have been caused by lightning.There are evacuation orders and alerts in place, visit both cariboord.ca and rdbn.bc.ca for more information.
  • The Forres Mountain fire has seen no new growth since July 12 and is holding at an estimated 2,700 hectares. Click here for the area restriction.
  • The Tentfire Creek wildfire remains at 1,700 hectares.
  • The Camsell Lake wildfire is holding at an estimated 310 hectares. this fire has prompted evacuation orders, visit rdbn.bc.ca for more information.

<who> Photo Credit: BC Wildfire Service / Tentfire Creek wildfire on July 2

The Cariboo Fire Centre currently has nine wildfires of note and 56 active fires burning. the wildfires of note include:

  • The Flat Lake wildfire is burning at an estimated 10,000 hectares. NowMedia staff are reporting on this fire in another story, click this link for more information.
  • The Purdy Lake wildfire has grown from 5,000 hectares from July 15 to 7,800 hectares today. This fire has prompted evacuation alerts, visit cariboord.ca for more information.
  • The Big Stick Lake wildfire has grown to 5,800 hectares since July 14. There are both evacuation orders and alerts in place, visit cariboord.ca.

<who> Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sam Sulin / Big Creek Wildfire

  • The Mckinley Lake wildfire has gone down in size and is now burning at an estimated 1,843 hectares. this fire prompted an evacuation alert for the Crooked Lake area, click this link for more information.
  • The South of Canim lake wildfire remains at an estimated 1,651 hectares, evacuation orders are still in place from July 14.
  • The Hotnarko Creek wildfire remains at 1,500 hectares.
  • The Young Lake wildfire is a new wildfire of note which was discovered on June 30 and was caused by lightning. This fire is burning at an estimated 846 hectares.
  • The Succour Lake wildfire remains at an estimated 528 hectares.
  • The Chasm wildfire is a new fire of note that was discovered on July 13 and is believed to have been caused by lightning. It is burning at 374 hectares.

Visit EmergencyInfoBC for more information on all evacuation orders and alerts that are in place

NowMedia stuff will update this story as more information becomes available.


(UPDATE:July 14 @ 3:00 pm) – The Prince George Fire Centre now has 61 active fires and seven wildfires of note. All wildfires were caused by lightning.

The largest remains to be the Cutoff Creek fire which is now burning at 10,129 hectares.

The second largest is still the Mount Porter wildfire which is burning out of control at 6,345 hectares.

The evacuation alerts from the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako for the areas affected by both these two wildfires remain in place.

Visit rdbn.bc.ca for more information.

The Chilako Wildfire is no longer considered a wildfire of note and was being held at 1,451 hectares as of July 13.

Other fires in the Prince George Fire Centre include:

  • The Klawli Lake wildfire has grown to an estimated 6,231 hectares.
  • The Black Pine wildfire is still burning at an estimated 5,000 hectares.

  • The Forres Mountain wildfire is still burning out of control at 2,700 hectares.

  • The Tentfire Creek fire has not seen any new growth from the 1,000 hectares reported on July 9.

  • The Camsell Lake wildfire (188 hectares) is a new wildfire of note. It was discovered on July 10 and was caused by lightning. There is an evacuation order in place for the northern part of Stuart Lake effective July 13 at 8:30 pm.

<who> Photo Credit: Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako / Evacuation order for the Camsell Lake area

Active fires in the Cariboo Fire Centre has gone down to 64 with seven fires of note, five of which were caused by lightning and two are under investigation.

The largest wildfire remains to be the Purdy Lake wildfire which has grown to 5,000 hectares.

The second largest wildfire burning in the area is now the Big Stick Lake wildfire which is burning at an estimated 4,000 hectares. This fire has caused the closure of Highway 20, visit DriveBC for information on the area affected.

The fire SW of Deka Lake wildfire saw no growth since July 12 and is no longer considered a fire of note.

<who> Photo Credit: BC Wildfire Services / Smoke coming from the Flat Lake wildfire

Other wildfires in the Cariboo Fire Centre include:

  • The Flat Lake wildfire grew to an estimated 2,000 hectares. Read this link for more information on the evacuation alert in place.

  • The Mckinley Lake wildfire is a new wildfire of note. This fire was discovered June 30 and its cause is under investigation. This wildfire is burning at an estimated 2,000 hectares.

  • The South of Canim Lake wildfire saw growth up to 1,753 hectares on July 13. However, this fire has gone down to an estimated 1,651 hectares. An evacuation order has replaced the alert. Visit cariboord.ca for more information.

<who> Photo Credit: Cariboo Regional District / Evacuation order for the area south of Canim Lake

  • The Hotnarko Creek wildfire is also a new wildfire of note which was discovered on July 3 and was caused by lightning. This fire is currently burning at an estimated 1,500 hectares. Highway 20 is now closed because of this fire, visit this link for more information. There is also an evacuation alert for the Anahim Lake area. Visit this link for information.

  • The Succour Lake wildfire remains the smallest wildfire of note at an estimated 528 hectares.

NowMedia stuff will update this story as more information becomes available.


(Original Story: July 12 @10:12 am) – The Prince George Fire Centre currently has 59 active fires and seven are wildfires of note and all are suspected to have been caused by lightning.

The largest wildfire is the Cutoff Creek fire (G41269) which is burning at 9,500 hectares.

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako issued an expanded evacuation alert, effective July 9, 2021 at 18:00 (6:00 pm).

<who> Photo Credit: BC wildfire dashboard / Evacuation alert for area around the Cutoff Creek Wildfire.

The second largest fire is the Mount Porter wildfire (G61192) which is burning at 6,345 hectares.

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako issued an evacuation alert at 6 pm on July 8 for the area northwest of Germansen Landing and southeast of Manson Creek.

Visit rdbn.bc.ca for more information.

<who> Photo Credit: BC wildfire dashboard / Evacuation alert for area around the Mount Porter fire.

Other fires in the Prince George Fire Centre include:

  • The Black Pine wildfire (G61316) is burning at 5,000 hectares.

  • The Forres Mountain wildfire (G61381) is sitting at 2,700 hectares.

  • The Chilako wildfire (G11126) has gone down from 1,474 to 1,451 hectares since June 9.

  • The Klawli Lake wildfire (G61132) is estimated to be burning 1,450 hectares.

  • Tentfire Creek fire (G71138) has grown from 915 hectares to 1,000 hectares since July 9.

The Cariboo Fire Centre has 71 active fires, seven which are wildfires of note and six were caused by lightning while the cause of the North of Big Stick Lake fire is still under investigation.

The BC Wildfire website explains that the Churn Creek Protected Area wildfire will no longer be considered a wildfire of note at the end of the day July 12.

The largest fire is the The Purdy Lake wildfire (C11491) which was caused by lightning and is burning at an estimated 2,250 hectares.

There is currently an evacuation alert in place for properties near Titetown and Nazko north area.

<who> Photo Credit: BC wildfire dashboard / Evacuation alert for area around the Purdy Lake wildfire.

The second largest is the South Canim Lake wildfire (C41100) at an estimated 1,640 hectares and was caused by lightning and is considered to be an interface fire.

The evacuation alert for the Canim Lake area has been expanded. Visit cariboord.ca for more information.

<who> Photo Credit: BC Wildfire dashboard / Evacuation alert due to the South Canim Lake wildfire.

Other wildfires in the Cariboo Fire Centre include:

  • The Flat Lake wildfire (C41602) is burning at an estimated 700 hectares.

  • The North of Big Stick Lake wildfire (C51290) is estimated to be 750 hectares.

  • The Succour Lake wildfire (C41191) is burning at 500 hectares and was suspected to be caused by lightning.

  • The SW of Deka Lake wildfire (C41102) is burning at 650 hectares.

NowMedia stuff will update this story as more information becomes available.



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