Lightning Ignites Five New Wildfires in Northwest

John Crawford

Last night's lightning storm is the suspected cause of five new wildfires burning in the Northwest Fire Centre zone.

The largest is about half-a-hectare in size, and is burning on the west side of Kalum Lake.

[MAP from BC Wildfire Service website]

A 0.2 hectare fire is burning near Lake Kathlyn -- while smaller blazes are reported in the Kispiox Valley, near Meziadin Lake, and at Red Slide Mountain, which is adjacent to Morice Lake Provincial Park.

As well, a 2.7-hectare fire discovered last month continues to burn north of Hirsch Creek, and is listed as "under control".

The Wildfire Hazard rating is "Moderate" to "High" across most of the Northwest Fire Centre coverage area, with pockets of "Extreme" in the far northwest near Telegraph Creek and Atlin.


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