Warmer temperatures combined with lower humidity’s increased fire behaviour and challenged crews within the Nadina Zone on Sunday.
Although some fires increased in size, these increases were minimal as helicopters and amphibious aircraft worked to slow the fire growth by cooling hot spots. Hundreds of fire fighters within the Nadina zone worked to construct fire guards and remove fuel through the use of controlled burns.
A cool, showery weather pattern is expected for the coming week. While five to ten millimetres of rain is expected today, fire officials say that we need over 40 millimetres of rain to substantially reduce the fire risk. There is still a large amount of work to be done to contain these fires and make the surrounding areas safe for the public.
Currently within the Nadina Zone there are five fires of note. Details on the fires within this area are as follows:
· The Binta Lake fire is currently estimated at 40,000 hectares and is 20 percent contained. Over 350 personnel and 96 pieces of heavy equipment are working to contain the fire, linking containment lines with natural containments areas such as lakes and rivers.
· The Poplar Lake fire around 4800 hectares and is 25 per cent contained. A total of 83 fire fighters as well as 11 pieces of heavy equipment are working on this fire to construct containment lines along the southern flank.
· The Owen Lake fire is estimated at 1500 hectares in size. Heavy equipment on this fire is working to build fuel free containment lines. Crews will also be preparing for controlled burning on this fire if conditions allow.
· The Chisolm Lake fire has been mapped at 660 hectares in size and is 95 per cent contained. This is the highest percent containment possible on this fire due to five percent of the perimeter being a sensitive riparian area. A total of 90 fire fighters are working to aggressively extinguish hot spots nearest the fire perimeter.
· The Crystal Creek fire is about 1500 hectares and is currently 15 per cent contained. Fifty-one fire fighters and 7 pieces of heavy equipment are working to contain this fire.
The Bulkley-Nechako Regional District still has evacuation orders and alerts in place. For more information, contact the Emergency Operations Centre at 250-692-3195 or 250-692-9411.
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
All the road closures in the Nadina Area are still in effect. Highway 37 North is open in both directions 24/7. There is no stopping except for marked areas with clean up crews working.