Weather Offers Some Calm in Wildfire Starts
Prince George, B.C.- “Yesterday was a good day” says BC Wildfire Service Chief Information Officer Kevin Skrepnek.
There were just 12 new fires started in B.C., a far cry from the more than a hundred that were sparked in one day last week.
Right now there are 183 fires burning in the Province, and Skrepnek says while there is still a chance of lightning, it is expected to be accompanied by rain so that should diminish the chance of new fires being triggered.
So far this fire season has seen flames rage across 78 thousand hectares, which is nearly double what was reported yesterday, but that’s not to say the fires have grown, it is a reflection of more accurate mapping of the fires.
Here is the situation today:
Prince George Fire Centre
- Sutherland Road: 1,800 hectares. There is an evacuation alert in effect, and there is an area restriction order in place ( see previous story)
- Grizzly Lake : 250 hectares, and the BC Wildfire Service expects it may be fully contained by the end of today. There is an evacuation alert in place
- Big Bend Creek : 1,900 hectares, again, there is an evacuation alert in place
Cariboo Fire Centre:
- Green Mountain: 520 hectares
- Alexandria: 120 hectares
- Gustofsen: 5,000 hectares
- Wildwood ( Williams Lake ) 2,500 hectares
- 150 Mile – 2,600 hectares
- Hanceville ( Chilcotin ) – 10,000 hectares
- Ashcroft: 10,304 hectares
Although there have been fire fighting resources arriving in B.C. to assist and to relieve those who have already been battling the blazes, Skrepnek says this could be one long hot summer “Crews are in pretty good shape right now, but we are only sitting at July 12th right now. If we continue at this pace, we could certainly be in for a long summer, we are quite cognizant of that in terms of how we are managing the crews fatigue and the fatigue of the folks at our coordination centres as well.”
Initially 300 firefighters and support crews have arrived to relieve B.C. crews, ” I expect over the coming days and weeks we are going to have additional folks arriving from elsewhere in Canada” says Skrepnek “If we are going to be sustaining this level of activity for the rest of the summer, we are going to need to pace ourselves.”