Cariboo Bracing for ‘Volatile’ Wildfire Conditions
Williams Lake, B.C. – Backcountry enthusiasts in the Cariboo have been urged to use “extreme caution” this weekend due to “volatile” weather conditions.
“We are expecting a hot and dry weekend with gusty winds,” says Natasha Broznitsky, fire information officer with the Cariboo Fire Centre.
“Additionally, in many areas of the Cariboo Fire Centre, grass and other brush is curing (turning brown) and therefore becoming more volatile. Cured grass and brush allow fires to ignite and spread more easily.”
Also of note, Category 3 fires are prohibited throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre. Meanwhile Category 2 fires and campfires are still allowed.
Hit this link to learn more about the different categories of fires. Along with the Cariboo, Forests Minister Steve Thomson is asking everyone province-wide to be careful if headed outdoors.
“Given the weather forecast this weekend, the wildfire threat in B.C. will almost certainly increase. I’d like to remind all British Columbians to be extra vigilant and follow the rules while enjoying the outdoors this weekend.”