Wildfire Situation “Likely to get worse before it gets better”
Prince George, B.C. – The BC Wildfire Service is preparing for a new rash of wildfires.
More wind, dry conditions, and lightning all expected, with the action likely to start this afternoon. “We are expecting a challenging few days ahead” says Kevin Skrepnek, Chief Information Officer with the BC Wildfire Service. He says the degree of dryness on the forest floor, is “weeks ahead of where we should be in terms of accumulated dryness” and with winds gusting from 30 – 40kms per hour, it is a recipe for more aggressive fire behaviour and new flare ups .
He says the Wildfire Service is preparing for the worst “There is a high likelihood that we are going to see a significant increase in fire activity today.”
The scenario doesn’t bode well for those who are waiting for word on when they can go home to Williams Lake.
We will be taking some (Williams Lake) City staff up on flights later today so they can see first hand where the activity is at” says Skrepnek “Given the weather forecast, , I think in terms of our recommendation, we are definitely going to want to wait and see what these fires are going to do, how they are going to react to this weather. That would form our recommendation to the local government on what they should be doing.”
Assistant Deputy Minister of Emergency Management B.C. Robert Turner says the wildfire situation is far from over “It is likely going to get worse before it gets better.”
Fifteen new wildfires were sparked yesterday, bringing the total of current fires to 152,.
- Hanceville / Riske creek 132,000 ha
- White Lake 8107 hectares
- Wildwood 12987 hectares, ( smaller size is result of more accurate mapping)
- Elephant Hill 61,500 hectares, 30% contained, but winds yesterday allowed the flames to jump the guards and sparked an evacuation order for a handful of properties north east of Clinton.