Wildfires near Kitimat, Terrace likely human caused

John Crawford

The BC Wildfire Service and local fire departments are again reminding people there's an open burning ban in place right now across the province -- this, as crews battled a couple of fires in the Kitimat-Terrace area over the weekend.
The smaller of the two fires was discovered Sunday afternoon, burning on Copper Mountain near Thornhill.
Northwest Fire Information Officer Cathy L'Orsa says two initial attack crews, with help from the Thornhill Volunteer Fire Department, held the blaze to point-three of a hectare.

[PHOTO: Copper Mtn Fire -- Thornhill Fire Department Community Connection / Facebook] 
As of this morning, it was classified as under control.
The second fire was much larger -- and was discovered Sunday night west of the Bish Creek Forest Service Road, southeast of Kitimat.
"Crew responded, two helicopters were actioning it last night; this morning we had 21 fire fighters and two helicopters bucketing;  the fire is located in a cut block on the Bish Creek Forest Service Road south of Kitimat; as of this morning the fire size is estimated at 10 hectares (by end of day Monday it had grown to 40 ha), but it's still mostly contained within the cutblock;  we have reports of erratic winds and continuing warming temperatures will pose challenges today, so we just want to remind everyone to steer clear of the area," said L'Orsa. 
It's believed both fires were human caused, and L'Orsa is reminding everyone that an open burning ban remains in effect across BC, covering all fires larger than a campfire.

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