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REPORTING · 17th July 2014
Walter McFarlane

At 4:00 this afternoon, the Kitimat Fire Department was deployed to the forest behind strawberry meadows.

In news release earlier this afternoon, the Kitimat RCMP stated: “The area is not able to be accessed by road and Kitimat Fire is dealing with the fire. Kitimat RCMP are keeping people out of the area. Cause undetermined at this point. No damage to any structures. There is considerable smoke in Kitimat.”

We have just confirmed that area around the lower Dike Road is being evacuated by emergency personal.

We were annonmously forwarded an update which was sent out by the Deputy Fire Chief Bizzaro:

"The fire is estimated to be 100+ hectors, the challenge is the wind. As a precautionary move, the RCMP are evacuating campers from the lower Dike area.

The forestry innitail attack crew is on site. Some water has been dumped on the fire. There is currently a tanker on route but no estimated time of arrival for report.

Fire guards are being established around the Oviatt property as well as between the fire and town."

Stay tuned for further updates.
valley fire
Comment by d.bailey on 18th July 2014
rapid response and excellent job done by the fire bombers and fire fighters
Time to clean up your yard
Comment by CEM on 18th July 2014
This could happen anywhere....make sure you have no in inflamables close to your house. I f near a bush area, trees should be trimmed at the bottom of all dead wood, clean up all dead wood, pine cones, needles under the trees. Check with fire department to see how far the trees should be away from your house.
Fire ban
Comment by Darcy Metz on 17th July 2014
Isn't there a fire ban in place right now?