Heavy Smoke in Prince George is from Cariboo Wildfires
Prince George, B.C. – The heavy smoke experienced in Prince George in the past few days has come directly from the major wildfires burning in the Cariboo Fire Centre.
Amanda Reynolds at the Prince George Fire Centre says just like the media, they have been receiving several queries about the source of the thick smoke, with some wondering whether there are serious fires burning close to our city. The BC Wildfire Service lists just three “wildfires of note” in the Prince George Fire Centre.
Reynolds told 250 News late Saturday night that, up until Thursday the wind was coming from the north and pushing everything south. “Then on Friday the wind shifted and is coming from the southwest, pushing everything northeast.”
She says “we have some fires a hundred kilometres south of Vanderhoof but this smoke isn’t from them. The Cariboo Fire Centre has had some aggressive fire behaviours today (Saturday) with the cold front coming in with the winds. The smoke is from the Cariboo fires, especially west of Quesnel, which isn’t that far from us.”
Redynolds says we are now experiencing what has been going on for the past ten days. Like this is what it’s like in Williams Lake, I was just down there for eight days. And with the shift of the wind from the southwest, it’s pushing everything up north.”