Wind Event Could Dramatically Change Situation in Cariboo
Map showing current wildfires in Interior – courtesy BC Wildfire Service
Prince George, B.C. – The situation in Williams Lake remains as an evacuation alert, and all eyes are on the weather. “The big challenge today is going to be the wind event that is going to be upon us shortly” says Kevin Skrepnek, Chief Information Officer with the BC Wildfire Service.
The cold front is expected to hit this afternoon and could extend into the evening and overnight bringing with it winds that could gust up to 70 kms per hour in some areas. “Given these winds we are expecting the very real possibility of very extreme and violently aggressive fire behaviour” says Skrepnek .
The timing of the wind event is ” still very much in the air” says Skrepnek “It is going to happen, we just have to keep a close eye on how it unfolds.”
The Canadian Armed Forces assets, which include helicopters and fixed wing aircraft, have been put to use. As was planned, the aircraft used yesterday to move RCMP members to assist in the evacuation of people from the Loon Lake area. The aircraft will also be used to bring supplies to 2 remote First Nations Communities which are not threatened by flames, but access to the sites has been spotty because of fires along Highway 20.
There are 2161 fires burning across the province with 14 new fires started yesterday
Here is the latest information on the fires:
Cariboo Fire District:
- Green Mountain 520 hectares, 80% contained
- Alexandria 120 hectares, this fire is being “held”
- Wildwood 2,500 hectares, 40% contained
- 150 Mile 2,600 hectares 50% contained
- Hanceville 40,000 hectares
- Gustafsen 5,000 hectares, 20% contained
Prince George Fire Centre:
- Big Bend Creek: 2,062 0% contained
- Grizzly Lake 100% contained this wildfire will no longer be considered a “wildfire of note”
- Sutherland Road: 1,590 80% contained