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Firebirds prevail over Copper River blaze

A fire that raged in the Copper River area seven kilometres east of Terrace has been snuffed out by the local firefighting team.

The fire was reported on Aug. 22 and was estimated to be 20 hectares in size by the next day, eventually consuming a total of 42 hectares.

The fire was located 8.5 kilometres off of Hwy 16 on the north side of the Copper River.

Today a crew of twenty-five firefighters, the majority of them from the Terrace Firebird crew, is in the mop-up stage of dealing with the fire.

According to Wildfire Management Branch spokesperson Olivia Pojar, mop-up entails ensuring that final hot spots are completely extinguished and the site of the fire secured.

A ban on campfires and other open fires is still in effect for the Terrace area.

The overall fire trend in B.C. this summer is lower than last year. There have been a total of 1,287 fires to date in the province, compared to 1,622 last year. The 10-year to date is 1, 618 forest fires.

 

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