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Wildfire season kicks off in the Bulkley Valley and Lakes District

Four blazes over the weekend kicked off wildfire season in the Northwest Fire Centre. 

The first to catch was discovered Saturday along Highway 16 near the rest stop east of Telkwa. 

Fire Information Officer Kaitlyn Bailey said the fire grew to eight hectares and is under control. 

“It means it’s not expected to spread any further as a result of the suppression effort,” she said. 

Sunday saw three blazes ignite between Smithers and Houston. 

The largest was along Chapman Road south of Smithers which grew to three hectares. 

BC Wildfire crews were able to suppress the blaze and it remains under control. 

About two kilometres southeast of the Saturday blaze was another which grew to 0.1 hectares and remains under control. 

The third for Sunday was discovered south of Houston near the Canfor Mill, only grew to 0.009 hectares. 

All the blazes from the weekend are suspected to be human caused. 

On Monday, a small fire was discovered near the Highway 37 intersection heading north on Highway 16, which is under control. 

“There is currently a category two and three fire prohibition within the Bulkley and Nadina fire zones. This is any open fire larger than a campfire which is considered a half metre high and a half metre wide,” said Bailey. 

She added it’s recommended to create a fuel break, have enough water on hand, and never leave a fire unattended if having a campfire. 

To report a wildfire, call *5555 on a cellphone or use the BC Wildfire app.

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