A photo of the Bish Creek wildfire, currently approximately 15 hectares in size as of the afternoon of May 11. (District of Kitimat photo)

Bish wildfire now listed as under control as firefighters work to put out blaze

No recent growth for Bish wildfire as firefighters work to put out blaze

The wildfire currently burning in two cut blocks off of the Bish Creek Forest Service Road has been downgraded in severity from ‘Being Held’ to ‘Under Control’ by the BC Wildfire Dashboard.

The fire, which was first discovered on May 10, has seen a significant increase in firefighter response in the past days. Initially the scene was attended by just a three-person crew. By Monday, that number had grown to 21, with a coordinated response effort including calling in an air tanker, dispatched from Smithers, to provide extra support to the crews.

READ MORE: District says Bish Creek wildfire believed to be caused by humans

The fire is currently believed to be caused by humans, however this theory is subject to a pending investigation.

It is still listed as approximately 40 hectares in size, with no recent growth. “The perimeter of the fire is almost completely protected,” the District said, adding that there is currently no threat to the community. Please refrain from travelling to the Bish Creek area at this time [and] be fire safe over the long weekend.”

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross told the Kitimat Northern Sentinel he found it startling to see two forest fires in the region so early in the year. “I guess it had to be expected, given the parks were closed,” he said. “People were getting restless and us as rurals enjoy our camping, hiking and swimming.” Ross added he would like to see educational campaigns on forest safety begin early this year.

It’s unclear whether or not there has been any serious damage caused to Bish Forest Service Road or other nearby infrastructure from the fire.



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