431 Structures Impacted by Wildfires
Prince George, B.C. -Emergency Management B.C. has updated the assessments on property damage, and says wildfires in B.C. this year have caused damage to 431 structures so far, and 220 of those structures are homes.
Chris Duffy, Executive Director of Operations with Emergency Management B.C. says the numbers don’t reflect the extent of damage to each structure, noting some would have minor damage, others have been destroyed.
Further areas will be assessed when it is safe to do so.
The Cariboo Regional District has already indicated that within its region, 202 structures, including 62 homes have been damaged or destroyed by flames.
There is no end in site to the fires that have plagued the province for 60 days says BC Wildfire Service Chief Information Officer Kevin Skrepnek “In terms of the weather we’ve got and the forecast we have now for the next five to 7 days, there is some rain in there, some showers, is that going to put a real dent in what we’re facing out there? Not likely.”
Skrepnek says the forecast is for similar systems that have been in the province over the course of the summer, “A few days of reprieve in terms of aggressiveness of the fires, and then likely returning to where they were before, that’s all to do with the fact that it is so dry out there.”
He says the deeper levels of the forest floor are extremely dry ” A sprinkle of rain here and there is only going to provide momentary relief. We need a long sustained soaking of rain, right across the province. Certainly if we want to see an end to this (fire) season that’s what we’re going to need.”
Skrepnek says as the season changes, the days are shorter and typically there are cooler temperatures, but as has been the case this week, there have been many record high temperatures recorded in B.C. this week.
As of today, there are 158 fires burning in the province, and 1,152,890 hectares have been burned. Fire suppression costs to date are $473.4 million.