Weather Offered No Break in Battling Wildfires
Prince George, B.C. – “For many parts of the province, we do not expect anymore rain in the forecast” says BC Wildfire Service Chief Information Officer, Kevin Skrepnek.
The rain that arrived on the weekend, wasn’t much help in battling the flames that are ravaging the Cariboo.
“By no means did the rain we had over the past 48 hours do much in terms of really putting a dent in this (wildfire) season” says Skrepnek. “It is still exceptionally dry out there , especially in the deeper layers of the forest floor and certainly the forecast, in that we are not seeing any significant, if rain at all, we are likely going to see conditions rebound pretty quickly here.”
The gusty winds on the weekend, saw both the Hanceville and Elephant Hill fires see significant growth.
The Hanceville fire is now estimated to be 193,894 hectares, while the Elephant Hill fire grew to 168 thousand hectares. For the sake of comparison, the combined size of those two fires, is larger than the size of Greater Vancouver.
There are 162 fires burning in B.C., 15 of which were sparked yesterday. So far, the cost to battle the fires has topped $292 million.
There are still 41 areas that are under evacuation order and 39 areas under evacuation alert.