Photo of the fire near Teare Creek visible from Hwy 16 just east of McBride around 6p.m. on May 4th. /ANDREA ARNOLD

By Laura Keil

A water bomber and helicopter are on scene of a wildfire near McBride that has grown quickly over the last few hours and is still listed as out-of-control on the BC Wildfire website.

The fire – estimated to have spread over 11ha by 8:30pm May 4th – is burning just a few kilometres east of the Village of McBride along the forested slope south of Teare Creek and is listed as person-caused (meaning the fire was started by a person or person-made infrastructure).

A water bomber and its telltale red fire retardant is visible amid the trails of smoke from the wildfire east of McBride. /SUBMITTED

Just hours after the fire was called in around 4pm, the PG Fire Centre issued a Category 2 Open fire ban for the Robson Valley Fire Zone.

The following activities and use of the following equipment, materials and substances also remain prohibited:

  • Category 2 open fires
  • Fireworks
  • Sky Lanterns
  • Burn Barrels or Burn Cages of any size or description
  • Binary exploding targets
  • Air Curtain Burners

This prohibition has been implemented to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety due to the high grass fire hazard and increased incidence of human-caused wildfires associated with Category 2 burning.

This prohibition order does not apply to campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide (or smaller), cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or registered Category 3 burns.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone or through the BC Wildfire Service mobile app.