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Wildfire near Peachland still growing out of control

This was the Pigeon Creek fire on June 5 when it was only 5 ha in size.
Image Credit: Twitter/bcgovfireinfo

The Pigeon Creek Wildfire, about 6.5 km west of Peachland, continues to burn out of control.

The fire was discovered on Sunday evening and had grown to 33 ha by 7:25 p.m. yesterday, June 5.

“Fire size is based on most current information available,” states a post on the BC Wildfires Facebook page. “This updated size reflects afternoon fire growth and more accurate mapping. Earlier mapping was limited due to poor visibility and high air tanker traffic over the fire.”

There have been 377 wildfires in BC so far this year. Of those 76 are still active and nine started in the last 24 hours.

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Of the active wildfires, 44 are in the Prince George Fire District that stretches to the Yukon border. That includes the Donnie Creek Wildfire which, at 240,480 ha is the second largest in BC’s history.

It is about 158 km north of Fort St. John.

There are seven active wildfires in the Kamloops Fire District. The Pigeon Creek fire is the only one that is out of control.

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