8 New Fires in P.G. Fire Centre Since Yesterday
Prince George, B.C-There are 57 fires burning in the Prince George Fire Centre, and most are in the Peace region.There were 8 new fires yesterday “We are nearly twice the number fires we responded to at this time last year, and nearly 20 times the amount of hectares burned” says Kevin Skrepnek, Chief Fire Information Officer for B.C.
While much of the province will be seeing some cooler wet weather, such is not the case in the Peace “Sustained and gusty winds are expected today, albeit it will be a little cooler, but we anticipate it will be another challenging day for those who are fighting fires in the Peace region.”
Skrepnek says B.C. has assured Alberta it will assist in whatever way it can, “We are going to remain in close contact with Alberta, continue to evaluate our resources and needs to see what we can make available.” He says some equipment is already on the way to Alberta.
Skrepnek says there is a high likelihood the Siphon Creek fire will cross the border into Alberta, but BC will continue to battle the blaze in an effort to assist Alberta firefighters so they can focus on the Fort McMurray blaze.
There are five evacuation alerts in place impacting 325 homes , all in the Peace Region, says Ian Lightbody of Emergency Management B.C , “Siphon Creek, Beaton Airport Road, Blueberry River First Nation, Clearview and Doig River are all on evacuation alert.”
Nearly all of the 200 fires the BC Wildfire Service has responded to since the fire season started were human caused only four were sparked by lightning.