Norman Lake Fire 100% Contained – Update
Prince George, B.C. – Good news for residents in the Norman Lake area.
The BC Wildfire Service is making good progress on the forest fire burning in the area says Amanda Reynolds, fire information officer with the Prince George Fire Centre.
“I can tell you that the fire has been tracked and the size of the fire has changed from 10 hectares to seven hectares,” she says. “Crews made great progress overnight and the fire is now 100% contained.”
Reynolds says today there are 20 firefighters, two pieces of heavy equipment and one helicopter battling the blaze which was first reported yesterday afternoon.
She also expects crews will receive some help from mother nature this weekend.
“Yeah, we are expecting some precipitation starting later this evening and into tomorrow so that will definitely help.”
The fire prompted the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George to issue an evacuation alert last night for the roughly 260 residences in the area.
Communications manager Renee McCloskey says that alert remains in effect today as a precautionary measure.
Those living in the evacuation area are asked to take the following precautions:
- gather important papers and move valuables to alternate locations;
- make arrangements for pets to be moved to a safe location;
- make arrangements for livestock for a safe alternative location in case an evacuation order is issued
- prepare a 72-hour personal emergency kit for you and your family; remember to include any necessary medications in your kit.
The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.