July 15, 2014 11:51 am

More than 400 firefighters battling 16 wildfires in Prince George region

Forest fires rage in Red Deer Creek, B.C.

Courtesy B.C. Wildfire Management Branch

VANCOUVER – There are currently more than 400 firefighters, 100 response officers, 45 helicopters and heavy equipment battling 16 active fires in the Prince George region.

There are seven fires of note.

The Mt. McAllister fire is 85,00 hectares and smoke and ash can be seen in neighbouring communities.

The Tenakihi fire is an estimated 7,000 hectares and crews are working to protect roadways and values.

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Mugaha and Morfee Lake fires are east of Mackenzie. They are estimated at 200 and 175 hectares. Crews, heavy equipment and helicopters are responding to both fires with the primary objectives of building containment to prevent either fire from spreading towards the Rocky Mountain Trench and the town of Mackenzie.

The Salmon Lake fire is an estimated 450 hectares and is currently burning on the west side of Salmon Lake.

The Red Deer Creek fire is 4,500 hectares. The fire is currently 30 per cent contained and crews are continuing to make good progress. An Evacuation Order remains in effect for nearby work camps.

The Enchiniko fire is an estimated 2,000 hectares. An Evacuation Order remains in place for the Kluskus Indian Reserve, and for a fishing lodge in the area.

Three airtanker groups are also stationed within the Fire Centre to support crews on the ground.

The fire danger rating is currently “high” to “extreme” throughout the entire Prince George Fire Centre. All Category 2 and 3 open fires are banned throughout the entire region, excluding the Fort Nelson Fire Zone.

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

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