Wildfire in B.C.’s Peace region doubles, no rain expected for relief

The Canadian Press in the Times Colonist
September 11, 2022
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

HUDSON’S HOPE, BC — The BC Wildfire Service says a fire in British Columbia’s Peace region has grown out of control due to high winds, noting temperatures are expected to increase and no precipitation has been forecast for the area. Information officer Sarah Hall said Sunday the Battleship Mountain fire has doubled in size to 2.4 square kilometres since Friday after being sparked by lightning on Aug. 30. Dry conditions have persisted for about five weeks, she said, adding crews are working to protect critical infrastructure, including the W.A.C. Bennett Dam and a wooden bridge, while trees in danger of falling are being assessed. …A spokesman for Emergency Management BC says an estimated 1,000 people were forced to leave their homes. The wildfire service says another wildfire, about eight kilometres east of Bearhole Lake, is also classified as out of control and estimated at 63 square kilometres.

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