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NEWS RELEASE · 23rd August 2010
Northwest Fire Centre
Precipitation and cooler temperatures has kept fire activity light, helping firefighters get the upper hand on the Cassiar Fire on Highway 37 near the Yukon border.

The biggest challenge has been clearing danger trees along Highway 37 to allow for more consistent openings. Crews have made enough progress to allow the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to re-open the highway effective immediately. For updates on highway conditions, please visit www.drivebc.ca.

Structure protection equipment is being removed as crews complete mop-up around Wheeler Lake. Three firefighters from the Northwest Fire Centre, joined yesterday by a 10-person contract crew, remain on site patrolling the area and to clear any more danger trees.

Long-term weather forecasts indicate a continuing pattern of wet, cool weather. Given the size of this fire, it will likely take several month for the fire to be fully extinguished. The Northwest Fire Centre will continue to patrol and monitor the fire.

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