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NEWS RELEASE · 19th August 2010
Northwest Fire Centre
Firefighters were challenged by increased fire activity again yesterday, resulting from the combination of high temperatures, lower humidity, and high sustained winds.

Aggressive fire behaviour caused the fire to spot over fire guards on the southeast and northeast flanks. It is now estimated at 37,000 hectares. Forty firefighters B.C. continue to work with Yukon crews conducting burn-off operations in order to reduce the fuel in advance of the fire front. Heavy equipment and helicopters are also assisting with fire guards.

The fire crossed the Cassiar highway yesterday, forcing an early closure. The fire is burning along the highway and numerous trees are down, which is blocking access. The highway will be closed until the area is deemed safe. For more information on the highway status, please visit www.drivebc.ca.
Columns of smoke and falling ash may be visible to surrounding communities if fire activity remains high, however it is not posing any threats to these areas.

An upper low is forecasted to move through the area today, potentially bringing rain and cool temperatures. Firefighters are hoping these changing weather conditions will help low the intensity of the fire, allowing them to make progress on containment and safety of the highway.

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 latest information on smoke forecasts, go to www.env.gov.bc.ca