Airtankers Arrive to Help Battle Little Bobtail Lake Blaze
Lockheed L-188 ‘Electra’ airtanker among those assisting in battling Little Bobtail Lake Fire – photo 250News
Prince George, B.C.- Four Air Tankers that can drop water, foam or retardant on a fire, have been brought in to assist in battling the Little Bobtail Lake blaze.
The fire, three kilometres south of Norman Lake, has grown significantly over the last 24 hours and is now burning an area of approximately 8000 hectares.
This fire is showing unpredictable and aggressive fire behaviour.
There are 120 firefighters, five helicopters and 10 pieces of heavy equipment responding to the incident today.
Operations are running around the clock on this incident. The current objective of firefighting efforts is to protect structures in the area without compromising the safety of Wildfire Management Branch crews.
An evacuation order remains in effect for Norman Lake area.
While the area around Bednesti Lake, Berman Lake and Dahl Lake Road remains under evacuation alert, property owners in that area are strongly advised to make arrangements to prepare for an evacuation order.
Once an evacuation order comes into effect, people will not have access to their property so it is imperative to take necessary steps now.
If your primary residence is in the alert area, you should take the following steps:
- Secure alternate accommodations (friends and family
- Arrange a place to meet family or co-workers
- Fill vehicle with enough fuel to get to the Reception Centre
- Wear and pack season appropriate clothing
- Take purse, cash & credit cards
- Make travel arrangements
- Medications, eye glasses, documents, photos & ID
- Blankets, sleeping bags, books & games
- Make arrangements for pets and take leashes, crates, pet food
- Check 250News, the RDFFG website www.rdffg.bc.ca or Facebook page for updates
- Collect precious photos and mementos that can’t be replaced
For further information about how to prepare your family and your property for an evacuation, visit www.gov.bc.ca\preparedbc
The Regional District has begun making preliminary arrangements in the event that group lodging is required as a result of an increased evacuation order area. People are advised that group lodging accommodation is basic, so encourage those in an alert area to make their own arrangements.
Livestock owners within an alert area should be prepared to move livestock in the event of an evacuation order.
Information about moving livestock during an emergency can be found at http://www.embc.gov.bc.ca/em/Community/agricultural-businesses-faq.pdf