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Wildfire near Vanderhoof 'being held'

Rain over the weekend has helped tame the Dog Creek Trail wildfire. The status of the blaze 30 kilometres northwest of Vanderhoof will be upgraded to "being held" from "out of control," B.C.
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The Dog Creek Trail wildfire as seen from the air on July 17. The fire is now "being held" with a crew carrying out mop up.

Rain over the weekend has helped tame the Dog Creek Trail wildfire.

The status of the blaze 30 kilometres northwest of Vanderhoof will be upgraded to "being held" from "out of control," B.C. Wildfire Service information officer Forrest Tower said Monday.

About 40 firefighters were on the scene looking for hotspots and making sure the machine guard has completely contained the 378-hectare fire, he said.

The Bulkley-Nechako Regional District rescinded an evacuation alert for the area late Saturday morning and a smoky skies advisory for Vanderhoof and area was ended late Sunday morning.

The West Cranberry Creek fire near Valemount is under control with about 10 firefighters searching for hotspots.

"It's not showing much activity," Tower said. "That one's pretty much dealt with."

Both fires were lightning caused.

Looking ahead, Tower said the forecast is for some thunder showers in the Robson Valley today and tomorrow. For Prince George Environment Canada is forecasting hot dry weather with daytime highs reaching 30 C starting Thursday.

"But it doesn't look like it's going to be very unstable, so we should have less of a chance of that dry lightning," Tower said.

The fire danger rating was at low to moderate as of Monday morning.