June 24, 2014 12:11 pm

9 new wildfires last weekend in Prince George area: All human-caused

Highway 16 near Prince George, B.C. is pictured on Oct. 8, 2012.

There were nine new wildfires in the Prince George area this past weekend, all of which are suspected to be human-caused.

Fire Centre staff say the fires were sparked at various locations, the largest reaching 3.5 hectares in the Dawson Creek Fire Zone. Four of the nine fires are now extinguished and the others are in the mop-up stage.

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Human-caused fires are preventable and staff at the Fire Centre say with fire danger ratings on the rise, it is imperative that Wildfire Management Branch resources be available to fight natural, lightning-caused fires. Residents and visitors are reminded to be vigilant when lighting and extinguishing campfires and to safely extinguish all cigarettes.

The fire danger rating in the Prince George Fire Centre’s jurisdiction currently ranges from “moderate” to “high”.

To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call *5555 on your cellphone or 1 800 663-5555.

The Prince George Fire Centre covers the area from the Yukon and Northwest Territories borders in the north to Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, the Cottonwood River and the Robson Valley in the south, and from the Alberta border in the east to the Skeena Mountains in the west.

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