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More than 12 wildfires reported over the weekend to the Northwest Fire Centre

Fire crews continue to battle numerous wildfires across the Northwest Fire Centre with many believed to be caused by lightning.

Over the weekend, BC Wildfire Service responded to 12 new wildfires with seven of them called out.

According to NWFC, one expanded attack incident is considered as Being Held and four within Tweedsmuir Provincial Park are in Modified Response with a status of Out of Control.

The Coldwater Creek wildfire located approximately 26 kilometres of Fraser Lake is 18 hectares and is considered as Being Held.

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It was first reported on August 20th and showed a moderate rate of spread and candling in heavy timber.

Fire Information Officer Casda Thomas said late last night another lightning caused fire near the Morice River was reported which is classified as Out of Control.

“First thing this morning there were air tankers on the fire. They were able to successfully box the fire with retardants, which was really successful in slowing the spread,” she said.

Thomas added that today (Monday), there were 18 firefighters, 2 helicopters and heavy equipment.

She also explained why there was a recommendation to issue an evacuation alert for that fire.

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“At this point the structures which are nearby are not immediately threatened however, just due to the proximity that’s why the recommendation was made to the Regional District to issue the evacuation alert,” Thomas said.

Over the next few days BC Wildfire Service forecasters are calling for warm and dry conditions.

Thomas is reminding residents to remain vigilant and to report any possible wildfire activity.

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