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NEWS RELEASE · 16th August 2010
Northwest Fire Centre
BC firefighters, assisted by 20 Yukon firefighters, successfully completed burn off operations yesterday on the north flank of the Cassiar Highway fire.

Further burn off strategies today may be limited due to the upcoming change in the weather pattern. Cooler, more seasonal conditions are expected to move into the area over the next couple days.

Today's weather is forecasted to be sunny with afternoon cloud and a 20 per cent chance of showers or thundershowers. Temperatures will be cooler and winds should be southeasterly and 15 kilometres per hour.

The change in weather will reduce the impact of smoke to surrounding communities. Heavy smoke blanketed the area over the weekend as far south as Good Hope, however none of these areas are threatened.

Sprinkler protection is in place at various cabin locations within the area. Protection of values and resources remains a priority.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will be having temporary openings with pilot cars that may occur if conditions are safe, most likely between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. These openings may be cancelled or postponed at any time due to fire conditions. Travellers should be prepared for long waits with adequate fuel and supplies. For more information on the status of the highway, please visit www.drivebc.ca.

The Northwest Fire Centre is responsible for fire suppression and forest protection for an area that stretches from Burns Lake to Haida Gwaii and from Tweedsmuir Park to the Yukon border.

If you see flames, smoke, or an abandoned campfire, please call *5555 on a cell phone or 1-800-663-5555. For the latest information on fire activity, visit the Wildfire Management Branch website at www.bcwildfire.ca. For Facebook and Twitter updates, as well as details about evacuation orders and alerts, road conditions and air quality advisories, go to www.firesafebc.ca.
For lastest information on smoke forecasts, go to www.env.gov.bc.ca.