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Wildfires being held in Prince George area

Wet weather in forecast expected to help crews
wildfire map - July 20, 2021
Progress is being made on three wildfires of note, as shown on this B.C. Wildfire Service map, southwest of Prince George.

Crews have continued to make weather-aided progress on this region's larger wildfires.

As of Thursday, the Cutoff Creek wildfire to the city's southwest was listed as being held at 21,500 hectares with crews working to find and extinguish hotspots and establish a control line using direct attack, according to a B.C. Wildfire Service posting. It remains the largest wildfire in the Prince George Fire Centre.

The neighbouring Grizzly Lake wildfire to the east grew slightly, to 4,891 ha from about 4,620 ha on Tuesday but is now completely encircled by a guard.

The Purdy Lake, a wildfire of note to the south, was listed at 8,000 ha and 50-per-cent guarded.

The two smaller fires at Shesta Lake are now completely extinguished and the Punchaw Lake wildfire to the south is under control.

"We expect to see that one extinguished in due time,"  said Sharon Nickel, a communications officer for the B.C. Wildfire Service's Prince George Fire Centre. 

North of Fort St. James, the Mount Porter and Klawli Lake wildfires remained listed as out of control and an evacuation order was still in place for Wolverine Lakes, Manson Lakes and the Omineca Mining Access Road.

South of Tumbler Ridge, the Tentfire Creek widlfire was listed as being held.

Nickel said the weather has helped and noted that about 70 millimetres of precipitation had fallen on Cutoff Creek over the previous four days or so.

"Mother Nature has cooperated immensely in the north," Nickel said.

Cool wet weather is in the forecast for the next few days. Wind gusting to 40 km/h is also in the mix, but Nickel said it should not pose the same concern as it would to the drier south.

"Even if we do have a blustery day, there's not quite that level of concern because it's not that hot, dry air," Nickel said.