Photo taken Aug. 7, 2018 of the Island Lake wildfire burning through Francois Lake Provincial Park. Image: Facebook/John Calogheros

Wildfires 5 km from northwest B.C. fibre-optic cable

CityWest said fire unlikely to affect northwest B.C. internet service

The wildfire near Burns Lake is approximately five kilometres away from the fibre-optics cable that serves northwest B.C.’s internet services.

“It looks like the fire is currently about five kilometres from the fibre line, but we’re not concerned about it because of the way the wind is blowing. We are continuing to monitor the situation,” said Chris Armstrong, the director of marketing for CityWest in Prince Rupert.

READ MORE: B.C. wildfires 2018 — Fire crews battle blazes across the region

While there are future projects planned to add a sub-sea internet cable, there is currently only one fibre-optic cable between Prince Rupert and Prince George. The worst-case scenario — which is unlikely, Armstrong added — would knock out everything except voice calls.

Near Burns Lake, the Shovel Lake fire is 12,000 hectares and a fire burning in François Lake Provincial Park is 7,500 hectares. More than 100 firefighters, equipped with 51 pieces of heavy equipment, are fighting those flames.

“We are fully confident in the ability of the firefighters out there,” Armstrong said.

READ MORE: Faster internet coming to rural areas in Northern B.C.



keili.bartlett@thenorthernview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

‘Beauty amongst such tragedy:’ B.C. photographer captures nature’s trifecta

David Luggi’s photo from a beach in Fraser Lake shows Shovel Lake wildfire, Big Dipper and an aurora

Police patrol for looters in evacuated areas south of Burns Lake

RCMP have brought in extra officers for the task

Pool opening further delayed

A deficiency in the tile works has setback its completion, city says

Terrace fire ban now includes Ferry Island

The ban will be in place until further notice

Four Rivers Co-op collecting donations for wildfire relief

The co-op is matching all donations they receive for the Red Cross

Canadians fear for relatives trapped amid flooding in Indian state of Kerala

More than 800,000people have been displaced by floods and landslides

IndyCar driver Wickens flown to hospital after scary crash

IndyCar said Wickens was awake and alert as he was taken to a hospital

Ex-BCTF president ‘undeterred’ after early release from pipeline protest jail term

Susan Lambert and Order of Canada recipient Jean Swanson released early

Fast food chains look to capitalize on vegetarian, vegan trend with new items

Seven per cent of Canadians consider themselves vegetarians and 2.3 per cent identify as vegans

B.C. swimmer halts journey across Strait of Juan de Fuca after hypothermia sets in

Victoria MS athlete Susan Simmons swam for eight-and-a-half hours in 9 C choppy waters

‘Hard on water:’ Smoke not the only long-range effect of wildfires

The project began more than 10 years ago after southern Alberta’s 2003 Lost Creek fire

B.C. VIEWS: Genuine aboriginal rights are misused and discredited

Camp Cloud one of long line of protests falsely asserting title

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to march in Montreal’s Pride parade

Trudeau will end the day in his home riding of Papineau

Most Read