Wildfire near Kitimat, B.C., classified as ‘out of control’ by BC Wildfire Service

Natalia Balcerzak
Local Journalism Initiative reporter 

A wildfire near Kitimat in northwest B.C. has been classified as “out of control” by the BC Wildfire Service after growing from 15 to 40 hectares overnight. Firefighters suspect it was caused by human activity.

The Bish Creek wildfire, located approximately 10 kilometres southwest of Kitimat, has nearly 40 firefighters and two helicopters fighting to contain it as it continues to burn through cutblocks left behind by former logging operations. 

Kitimat’s fire chief Trent Bossence told The Narwhal the Bish Creek area is an important logging area that is commonly used by locals for recreational activities. He was first on site to investigate after people reported concerns Sunday afternoon. 

“It’s definitely a fairly aggressive fire. There was a lot of smoke and it did seem to move fairly quickly once it got going,” he said.