Two wildfires in the Cassiar Fire Zone of the Northwest Fire Centre are producing large smoke columns that are highly visible from nearby communities.
Details about those wildfires and other fires burning in the Cassiar Fire Zone are provided below.
Southwest Tagish Lake (R90881)
- This lightning-caused fire was discovered on July 6, 2019. It is about 41 kilometres west of Atlin on the west side of Tagish Lake and covers about 1,400 hectares.
- Soon after the fire was discovered, BC Wildfire Service firefighters installed structure protection units (large-scale sprinklers) at two homes that could potentially be impacted. This fire is spotting within 300 metres of the closest structure and the structure protection units are now in operation.
- The size of this fire increased over the B.C. Day long weekend, due to high winds in the area on Saturday night. It is burning in very steep and inaccessible terrain along Tagish Lake in a northerly direction. Due to the nature of the terrain and firefighter safety considerations, this fire is only being monitored by the BC Wildfire Service at this time.
Barrington River (R91233)
- This lightning-caused fire originated 50 kilometres west of Telegraph Creek on Aug. 5 and grew to 4,400 hectares due to a wind event on Sunday evening. No significant growth has occurred on this fire since then.
- Smoke is highly visible from the communities of Glenora and Telegraph Creek, but no structures are threatened at this time.
- The BC Wildfire Service continues to monitor this fire daily.
Volcano Creek complex
- The Volcano Creek complex consists of six wildfires ranging from less than one hectare to 190 hectares, all burning about 40 kilometres west of Bell 2.
- All of these fires are under control.
- BC Wildfire Service crews continue to patrol the fire perimeters and look for hot spots.
To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For up-to-date information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, call 1 888 3-FOREST or visit: www.bcwildfire.ca
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