Fire Camp Established at Dease Lake Due to Cassiar Wildfire Activity

Kathy Brookes
05/30/2019

The B.C. Wildfire Service has been dealing with three new fires in the Cassiar Fire Zone this week, but it says none of them is threatening a community. 

The Black Angus fire northeast of Good Hope Lake was sparked by lightning and covers more than a thousand hectares.  The service is monitoring that blaze.

Sixteen firefighters are tackling another much-smaller lightning-cause fire west of Lower Post.

And near Telegraph Creek crews continue to deal with hold-over fires from last summer's Alkali Lake inferno. 

The Wildfire Service says crews are fighting a 50-hectare fire about 40 kilometres northwest of the community -- and seven firefighters are working on a small blaze six kilometres to the northeast. 

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Officials say they're preparing for potential new wildfire activity in the Cassiar Zone, due to higher-than-normal temperatures and all-time-high drought codes in some areas. That includes establishing a 150-person fire camp in the Dease Lake area this weekend. 

An incident management team was also headed to Dease Lake today.

A Category Two open burning ban is in place for all of the Northwest Fire Centre coverage area -- and a campfire ban has been issued for the Cassiar Zone.

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