Strong Winds Fan Wildfires in Cassiar Zone
As predicted, strong winds in the far northwest have resulted in increased activity and growth of a couple of prominent wildfires in the Cassiar Fire Zone.
The 4,600 hectare Barrington River fire, burning about 40 kilometres west of Telegraph Creek, has spread mainly toward the southwest, and while it's not threatening any structures, it's producing lots of smoke which is highly visible in the area.
Large-scale water sprinklers have been set up at a fish camp on Tahltan Lake, about 25 kilometres away from the fire, as a precaution.
The Southwest Tagish Lake fire, which is 40 kilometres west of Atlin, has spread toward the northeast -- but thanks to more accurate mapping, now appears to be significantly smaller than first estimated.
The BC Wildfire Service says it's about 890 hectares in size -- not the 1,400 hectares earlier estimated.
Sprinklers have been set up to protect cabins in the area, and a remote camera is continuously monitoring fire activity.
Crews have also detected a small holdover fire within the perimeter of last year's Alkali Lake wildfire.
The Wildfire Service says it poses no risk to communities or structures at this time and is unlikely to spread.
Further south, about 60 firefighters are battling the Mehan Lake fire, which covers about 58 hectares, and is burning west of Highway 37, about four kilometres south of Bell Two.
Wildfire smoke could limit visibility for motorists along the highway -- Drive BC is cautioning motorists to drive with added care.
Full details below from the BC Wildfire Service website http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/wildfirenews/DisplayArticle.asp?ID=3148&fbclid=IwAR1aVgqo1ajv3bufdLHHX_a5f0SsHuvBku-DRdc8ty2E1NaFpgelUuViQrI:
|8/14/2019 5:35 PM|
SMITHERS - Strong winds in the Cassiar Fire Zone on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, prompted increased fire activity and caused two of the more prominent wildfires within the Northwest Fire Centre to grow.
Southwest Tagish Lake fire (R90881)