Don’t Let Rain and Cool Temperatures Fool You, Fires Continue
Prince George, B.C.- Although the temperature has cooled, and the rain has been plenty, there were still 10 new fires noted in the Province yesterday.There are currently 175 wildfires burning around B.C. While a reduction from the 200 reported on Tuesday, everyone in the Province is urged to continue to be vigilant and cautious.
Three states of local emergency remain in place, as well as seven Evacuation Alerts and Orders.
As of today, there are about 96 properties in B.C. on Evacuation order of which 70 are in the Cariboo Regional District due to the Puntzi Lake fire. There are more than 200 homes in the Tsi Del Del ( Alexis Creek) First Nation on evacuation alert.
The total number of fires so far since April 1st, is 1,095, compared to 564 for the same period last year. The fires this season have consumed 292,746 hectares, compared with 53 thousand hectares burned during the same period in 2014. The cost of fighting the fires this year is closing in on the $120 million dollar mark.
Of the ten fires noted yesterday, two were started by humans. “That remains a concern for us, as these fires are preventable and tie up resources” says Fire Information Officer Navi Saini of the B.C. Wildfire Management Branch.
The campfire ban remains in place for most of the province with the exception of Haida Gwaii and the area known as the Fog Zone on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The campfire ban in Prince George which was ordered by Prince George Fire Rescue, has been rescinded.