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NEWS RELEASE · 15th June 2010
Northwest Fire Centre
The fire that started south of the Terrace Airport on June 11 is now in patrol status.

On Friday, the Northwest Fire Centre responded to the fire south of the Terrace Airport. This fire was driven by strong gusty winds in the area, and grew to approximately 13 hectares. By Friday evening the fire was contained thanks to the hard work of 26 fire fighters, two bucketing helicopters and heavy equipment.

After an additional two days of fire fighters working to extinguish hot spots, the fire is now in patrol status. This means that fire fighters will return to the area at least once a day and patrol for any additional hot spots or flare-ups that could reignite surrounding fuels.

In addition to the fire near the Terrace Airport, the Northwest Fire Centre has responded to three other fires in the region since Thursday. This brings the total number of fires since April 1 to 21, burning a total of 1,201 hectares. This increase of fire activity is a reminder that our forests and grasslands are dry and the public should be cautious with all sources of heat and flame.

If you are camping or enjoying the outdoors this Fathers’ Day please set a good example for your kids, and demonstrate responsible use of fire. Here are some tips for safe campfires this weekend:

· Keep the fire small and controlled. If you have to stand several feet back, the fire is too large.
· Completely extinguish the fire by dousing it with water until it is cold to the touch before going to bed or leaving an area.
· Bring enough water to extinguish the campfire and keep a full bucket of water nearby.

If you see flames, smoke or an abandoned campfire, please report it by calling *5555 on your cell or phoning 1-800 663-5555. For more information on wildfires or burning restrictions, visit www.bcwildfire.ca or call toll-free to 1-888 3-FOREST.