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NEWS RELEASE · 17th July 2014
District of Kitimat
UPDATED: 8:37 PM JULY 17th...
FIRE CONTAINED


On July 17, 2014 at approximately 16:00 hours a forest fire broke out 2 km south of Kitimat near the Kitimat river.

The fire is being controlled by air support including two helicopters and two tankers. The forestry initial attack crew is on the scene. Fire guards have been established in the area.

Due to precautionary measures campers on the lower dyke have been evacuated. At this point, residents of Kitimat should not be concerned about further evacuations.

At 1900 hours the current situation in regards to the forest fire located 2 km south of Kitimat near the Kitimat river, is that BC Forestry air tankers are on site and have completed 6 -7 water drops.

We are awaiting arrival of a second helicopter from Smithers.

Ground and air crews are actively on site. Heavy equipment and manpower are on standby.

Smoke conditions have improved. The fire size has been reported to be 2 hectares. There has been no physical property damage at this time.

At 1920 hours the current situation in regards to the forest fire located 2 km south of Kitimat near the Kitimat River is:

ˇ A second fire guard is being developed

ˇ Two helicopters are actively conducting water drops

ˇ BC Forestry air tankers have completed water drops at this time

ˇ BC Forestry ground operations initial attack has been activated

ˇ Kitimat Fire Department crews remain on stand by.

At 20:00 hours the current situation in regards to the forest fire located 2 km south of Kitimat near the Kitimat River is:

ˇ Total of seven BC Forestry Service Firefighters on the scene

ˇ Twelve District of Kitimat Firefighters are on scene monitoring the fire guards for any hot spots

ˇ Two helicopters still actively conducting water drops

ˇ Slight improvement in smoke conditions within the townsite **

At 20:18 hours the current situation in regards to the forest fire located 2 km south of Kitimat near the Kitimat River is:

ˇ Fire has been contained at this time

ˇ No further updates are anticipated tonight unless circumstances change.
Response time??????
Comment by Larry Walker on 22nd July 2014
We were fishing on the river at 4 pm .....saw the fire....no cell phone.....looked like a controlled burn and on the other side of the river. Left the river at 5 PM and arrived home around 530PM...water bombers did not show up until around 530PM........slow response? fires elsewhere?.......no sure but would suggest slow response. Just saying
Kitimat River Wildfire
Comment by TM on 17th July 2014
Thank you for the updates. Much appreciated!