Update: Puntzi fire should be in patrol stage by end of long weekend

A lightning caused wildfire discovered Monday, May 16, seven kilometres north of Puntzi Lake is 100 per cent contained.

  • May. 19, 2016 6:00 a.m.

A lightning-caused wildfire discovered Monday, May 16, seven kilometres north of Puntzi Lake is 100 per cent contained.

On Friday morning 19 firefighters were on scene continuing to tackle the 200-hectare fire.

Originally the fire was measured at 182 hectares but crews did some burning off it to prevent further spread, said Cariboo Fire Centre information officer Emily Epp Friday.

“The area also received six millimetres of rain overnight so the weather has really been working in our favour,” Epp said. “By the end of the long weekend we anticipate the fire will be in patrol stage and as of tonight will no longer be considered a fire of note.”

Another small lightning-caused wildfire was discovered Tuesday, May 17, 25 kilometers down the Enterprise Road off Highway 97.

“It was a half hectare in size,” Epp said.  “We got tankers on it right away and it was under control quite quickly.

As the long weekend unfolds, the fire centre is reminding people to be careful with campfires and keep them within the half a metre by half a metre size limit.