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175,000 hectares burned in Prince George area since April

The Prince George Fire Centre is warning the unseasonably warm, dry conditions that have been seen since last fall are expected to continue throughout the long weekend.

A total of 72 fires have happened in the Prince George Fire Centre since April 1, burning over 175,000 hectares.

They said the majority of them have been human caused, and an increased probability of lightning caused fires could be on the way.

As a result, the campfire ban will remain firmly in effect through the long weekend. The most extreme fines for breaking the campfire ban can get as high as $100,000.

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Light smoke is in the forecast for Prince George’s next 48 hours, it gets more dense the farther east or north you travel.

There are still four wildfires of note burning in the Peace Region: one week after it was discovered the Donnie Creek wildfire is now 118,204 hectares, the Stoddart Creek and Red Creek fires, both north of Fort St. John, are 21,445 and 2,947 hectares, and the Cameron River wildfire is at 385 hectares.

For an up-to-date fire map, click here.

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