Wildfire Branch Hoping for More Rain
Prince George, B.C. – In spite of the cool wet weather of the past week, it didn’t take long for the fire danger rating to inch back up to extreme in some areas of the Province.
In The Prince George Fire Centre, some areas, particularly in the north east, which had been listed as ‘high’ on the danger rating Friday, are now into the ‘extreme’ red zone says Fire Information Officer Jillian Kelsh “We do still have a large fire danger rating out there and it will take a substantial amount of rain to bring that down, we’re hoping we get that rain this week, so it’s a matter of wait and see what we get out of the rain coming.”
There were two new human caused fires reported to the Wildfire Management Branch yesterday, both in the Fort St. John area. “One was industry related and the industry reported it to us so we could go out and take a look and make sure everything was under control, and we did that, and it’s still in the hands of the industry. The other one was on private land and it was started due to haying practices, but again the private public took care of it, they just reported it to us so we knew, but it’s out now.”
The two minor fires were among 6 new fires in the Province reported to the BC Wildfire Branch yesterday. Three of the 6 were caused by lightning in the Southeast. One of the human caused fires was reported in the Southeast as well, with the other two being the minor fires noted above in the Prince George fire Centre.
The Puntzi Lake fire near Williams Lake remains 40% contained, but crews have seen increased fire activity on that fire and expect to see more aggressive fire behaviour today due to high temperatures and strong winds. The updated size of the fire is now estimated at 8,102 hectares. The size has changed due to the successful burn-out operations from the last few days and to a more accurate mapping of the perimeter.