Firefighters mop up fire in Dog Creek area

Forty firefighters from the Cariboo Fire Centre are on scene at a 11.5-hectare fire in the Gustafsen/Dog Creek area.

After a quiet fire season, 40 firefighters from the Cariboo Fire Centre are on scene at a remote lightning strike fire in the Gustafsen/Dog Creek area.

Fire information officer Jenny Fremlin says the fire was first discovered in the afternoon on July 9. It is estimated to be 11.5 hectares in size.

Today there are two water trucks and one piece of heavy equipment on-site as crews continue fire suppression efforts.

“The fire is 100 per cent machine guarded, and is in the mop-up stage,” Fremlin says.

Lightning is suspected to have caused the fire due to its remote location and the fact that lightning had tracked through the area on the morning of July 9.

“This is the time of year in which the region starts to see more lightning-caused fires, making it a good time to remind people to be vigilant with fire use, as human-caused fires divert resources away from naturally occurring fires,” Fremlin adds.

As well, the Cariboo Fire Centre appreciates the public’s assistance in discovering new fires. Anyone who sees smoke or flames is asked to call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on a cellphone.