Fire truck. (Quesnel Observer file photo)

Fire truck. (Quesnel Observer file photo)

Crews respond to wildfire near Quesnel River pulp mill

The fire has been contained, BC Wildfire crew continues to monitor the situation

Over 20 fire fighters from the Quesnel Volunteer Fire Department and BC Wildfire responded to a wildfire that broke out behind Quesnel River Pulp mill on Two Mile Flat this morning (July 28).

Around 11 a.m. the fire team responded to 500 feet of wildfire spread along CN Rail tracks which was heading up the bank towards the pulp mill area.

Quesnel fire chief, Ron Richert, said along with four Quesnel units consisting of 15 firefighters, they called in reinforcement from Barlow Creek fire department as well as six members from BC Wildfire’s Quesnel division.

The team was able to contain the fire within three hours, said Richert, adding, BC Wildfire crews stayed back on site till late evening, monitoring the situation and checking for hot spots.

According to the BC Wildfire site, the fire is suspected to be human-caused. However, Richert said investigation is still under way and they have not determined the cause yet.