154 Fires Now Burning in B.C.
Prince George, B.C. – Lightning sparked 20 new fires today in the south east portion of the province, bringing the current number of fires burning in B.C. to 154.
There is some good news though says Chief Wildfire Information Officer Kevin Skrepnek as initial attack crews were able to deal with the new fires quickly and none has developed into anything significant.
The weather continues to create significant challenges in battling the fires, and once again, the wind is expected to pick up “We are expecting an active day, Environment Canada has put out a special weather statement for stormy weather with high winds, up to 80 kilometers an hour in some parts of the province, certainly gusty winds in our part of the province as well (Cariboo) predominantly 60 kilometers an hour and the potential for some wind shifts.”
Wind has been a major challenge for the wildfire suppression efforts so far this season says Skrepnek “This system looks like its going to have some rain with it, so that’s welcome, of course, rain is a bit of a wild card in terms of where exactly it falls and how much falls, but given these wind speeds we’re going to have to keep a real close eye on the effects it’s going to have on the fires were have burning in the province right now.”
The Plateau fire, which is burning north of highway 20, has seen little change overnight, as it remains at 467 thousand hectares burned.
The Hanceville – Riske Creek fire has also not seen any growth overnight, it is estimated to be 262 thousand hectares
The elephant Hill fire is 35% contained, and while it did see some activity overnight, that activity was largely the burning of fuel islands within the perimeter.
Skrepnek reiterates that while the campfire ban has been rescinded in most of the Prince George Fire Centre, that ban remains in place throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre even though the back country ( with restrictions) has been reopened throughout the Cariboo.