The first wildfire of the season was reported in the Northwest Fire region April 16th, on Snake Hill near the community of Kitwanga.
Jacob Beaton from Tea Creek Farms noticed the smell of smoke and decided to fly his drone to get a better look, before air and ground crews showed up to battle the blaze.
In a post on Facebook, Beaton said, “Can smell the smoke and the air is getting hazy so I thought I’d fly the drone over again and have another look at the snake hill grass fire.”
The video has been shared around about 4,000 times and has drawn other media coverage from as far away as Castlegar.
The Northwest Fire Centre is reporting the fire is now under control and crews are on site to ensure the 16 hectare fire doesn’t kick up again.
To track all the wildfires in the province and the Skeena Region check out the interactive B.C. Wildfire Dashboard or to report a fire in your area call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 from your cell phone.