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September 13, 2018

Babine Complex Verdun Wildfire (R11796) Location: ~9 km southwest of Grassy Plains Status: 47,610 hectares Cause: Lightning Resources: 83 firefighters (now including Fraser Complex Resources on the Div F) and heavy equipment. Status: Firefighters continue to patrol properties west of Eakin Settlement Road and patrol the fire perimeter from Dog Creek to Cheslatta Lake. Crews are also patrolling the perimeter near the Uncha Lake Rec Site and the perimeter south of Takysie Lake. Firefighters continue to mop-up and extinguish identified hotspots in the Holy Cross area. Evacuations: The Bulkley Nechako Regional District rescinded the Evacuation Order for this fire as of Wednesday, Sept 13. A few Evacuation Alert areas remain in place. For more information visit: Nadina Lake Wildfire (R21721) Location: ~40km south of Houston Size: 86,766 hectares Cause: Lightning Resources: 66 firefighters and heavy equipment Status: Fire crews continue to patrol areas and extinguish any identified hotspots. Firefighters continue to direct attack south of Jesson Lake and patrol and mop-up. Evacuations: The Bulkley Nechako Regional District rescinded the Evacuation Order for this fire as of Wednesday, Sept 13. A few Evacuation Alert areas remain in effect. For more information visit:




Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

BC Wildfire Service

September 11, 2018

Wildfire Information for Residents returning to Southside BURNS LAKE – Due to favourable weather conditions and firefighting efforts, fires in the Babine Fire Complex have not grown substantially in the last few days. On September 10, 2018, the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako modified a number of evacuation orders. For more information on Evacuation Order and Alert areas, please visit the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako’s website: Public access to active fire areas will remain restricted to ensure: • Wildfire suppression activities can continue safely and effectively • Public safety from existing and ongoing fire hazards Note: crews and equipment will continue to be present and working within areas around private residences and road systems. Please drive slowly in areas where fire crews are working. Evacuated residents returning to their homes on the Southside will be returning to an area that has been profoundly affected by wildfire. Things will not look the same. In some cases, damages will have occurred to residences and property during rapid and intense fire growth phases and also as a result of fire suppression efforts. If there is damage to your property due to a wildfire or wildfire suppression activities, please contact for more information, including how to submit a claim. With wildfires of this size and magnitude, smoky conditions are expected to persist well into the fall and winter months. Residents will be able to see smoke in the surrounding forest(s) and grasslands that have burned. The BC Wildfire Service would like the public to be clear on what type of hot spots and smoke are of concern by outlining which hot spots should and should not be reported: • Do not report smokes or hot spots that are far away from structures and well within the fire perimeter • Please report fire activity near a structure or on the edge of the fire’s perimeter near unburnt forests or grassland

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Figure 2 The hot spots shown in figure 1 and 2 are within the fire’s perimeter and are not threatening structures. These smokes are to be expected upon re-entry and should not be reported.

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The hot spots shown in figure 3 and 4 are of concern. The smoke in Figure 3 is burning in unburnt forest that is outside the fire’s perimeter. The hot spot in Figure 4 has potential to threaten the structure. Both of these smokes should be reported.

Trees that have been damaged by wildfire can be unstable and may fall at any time. It is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure danger trees on private property are assessed by a qualified professional and removed if necessary. The public is also reminded that airspace over fires is restricted so aircraft engaged in fire suppression can operate safely. Drones may not be operated in the airspace around a wildfire and may not be used to observe fire activity. There was a recent report of a bear attack in the Takysie Lake area. Due to wildfire activity, there is an increased number of bears and other wildlife in areas where residents are returning. Please take the necessary precautions. Media Contact: Erin Catherall Fire Information Officer Babine Fire Complex BC Wildfire Service 250-876-8557

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