Wildfire in Kitimat is contained

A wildfire in Kitimat is contained but crews are still fighting it.

Final bulletin:

At 8:20 p.m. the District of Kitimat said the fire is considered contained and no further updates are anticipated.

A second bulletin from www.kitimat.ca:

At 1920 hours (7:20 p.m.) the current situation in regards to the forest fire located 2 km south of Kitimat near the Kitimat River is:

  • A second fire guard is being developed
  • Two helicopters are actively conducting water drops
  • BC Forestry air tankers have completed water drops at this time
  • BC Forestry ground operations initial attack has been activated
  • Kitimat Fire Department crews remain on stand by.

Ron Poole

Chief Administrative Officer

District of Kitimat

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A bulletin posted to www.kitimat.ca:

On July 17, 2014 at approximately 16:00 hours a forest fire broke out 2 km south of Kitimat near the Kitimat River.

The fire is being controlled by air support including two helicopters and two tankers.  The forestry initial attack crew is on the scene.  Fire guards have been established in the area.

Due to precautionary measures campers on the lower dyke have been evacuated.  At this point, residents of Kitimat should not be concerned about further evacuations.

Ron Poole

Chief Administrative Officer

District of Kitimat

A wildfire in the Strawberry Meadows area of Kitimat is under control, the Kitimat Fire Department told the Sentinel.

It is unknown what started the blaze but as of 6:30 p.m. the fire department said that crews and water bombers continue chipping away at it but it is under control.

It is not a risk to homes at this time and no evacuation orders have been given for any neighbourhoods.