Challenging Weather on the Way for Firefighters
Prince George, B.C.- A cold front moving into the province will be packing gusty winds, and that is not what the folks battling fires in B.C. need right now.“Certainly wind has been a huge challenge for us already so far this season, and unfortunately it looks like this cold front , in many places, is going to be dry” says BC Wildfire Service Chief Information Officer Kevin Skrepnek.
“We are definitely concerned” says Skrepnek “Given the forecast, realistically on a number of these fires, we are likely gong to be seeing some growth and increased activity.”
As of today, the Hanceville-Riske Creek fire is estimated to be 215 thousand hectares in size, while the Elephant Hill fire is estimated to be 168 thousand hectares.
Skrepnek says it is likely the wind will cause both of those fires to flare up ” Definitely the complex of fires throughout the Chilcotin are going to get bad as well.”
If there is a silver lining, Skrepnek says crews have been successful in knocking down a number of small fires ” We’ve had new fires in the Cariboo and in Kamloops yesterday that we were able to hit quite aggressively from the air and the ground and kept them to a small size, and really that’s been the order of the day.”