Despite Cool Wet Weather, New Fires Reported
Prince George, B.C.- There has been some progress in the battle with wildfires in B.C.
There are 166 fires burning in the province, down from 175 noted yesterday, but 12 of the 166, started yesterday. Of those 12 new fires, 9 were caused by lightning.
The cost of fire suppression yesterday alone was $2.7 million dollars says Wildfire Management Branch Chief Fire Information Officer Kevin Skrepnek.
There have been 1104 fires since April, with more than 293 thousand hectares burned and the costs to date are now $122 million dollars..
In comparison with last year, during the same time period there had been 583 fires burning 103 thousand hectares burned.
The weather has been cool and wet in much of the province, but Skrepnek says a return to the hot dry weather is expected through the weekend.
But there are still some thunderstorms to get through before the hot dry conditions return. “This is typically the time when we start to see our core season of lightning activity in the province and we had seen an unseasonably high amount of lightning early in the season” says Skrepnek. ” We are continuing to see lightning fires” says Skrepnek, including 9 of the 12 new fire starts from yesterday “Those might not necessarily be the result of lightning occurring in real time, many of these were likely hold over fires, the result of lightning that came through days or even weeks ago starting a small fire that wasn’t really detectable at the time, then once conditions in the area got hot and dry, or if there was enough wind, those fires flared up.”
There remain 17 fires of note in the province with five continuing to have evacuation orders or alerts in place.
The Martin Mars ran a practice run this week, doing three practice drops, but has not been deployed for actual duty.
There are now more than 2200 personnel working on the fires.