Significant Wind Event Expected Today
Prince George, B.C.-There is still no word on when those evacuated from Williams Lake may be able to return home, as a significant wind event is expected to blow through the region this afternoon.
An upper trough cold front is expected to move through the central and southern B.C. bringing gusty winds and scattered showers. Wind gusts of up to 40kms per hour are possible. There is also a 40 to 60% chance of lightning in southeastern B.C.
The wind could wreak havoc on the fire suppression efforts underway in the Cariboo region.
It’s the wind that is the major factor in trying to determine when displaced Williams Lake and cause further delays for those who want to return to Williams Lake. “It is hard to say right now how close we are to allowing people into Williams Lake” says BC Wildfire Service Information Officer, Navi Saini “It really depends on fire activity. Although we are making progress on those fires, it is a pretty fluid situation right now, and with the forecast winds, it’s something that we are going to continue to monitor and there will be discussions later.”
There were 9 new fires were sparked yesterday, bringing the total number of fires burning in the province to 152.
Here is the latest information on the major wildfires:
- Gustafsen: 5700 hectares 90 % contained
- Elephant Hill ( formerly called Ashcroft) 59,158 hectares 30% contained, increased activity expected with high winds
- Hanceville 13,1958 hectares 45% contained
- White Lake: 8,107 hectares 10% contained
- Wildwood: 13,215 hectares crews continue to bukld machine guards, and mop up in the Sugar Cane area
- Soda Creek : 251 hectares
- West Fraser Rd : 120 hectares 100% contained
- Green Mountain : 553 hectares, 60% contained
Despite the rescinding of evacuation orders yesterday, Chris Duffy, executive Director of Emergency Management B.C. says this is no time to let down our guard “Maintain vigilance, there are still very dry conditions in various areas of the Province, and a lot of fire season left.”