Two Minor Fires Underscore Need for Fire Safety
Prince George, B.C. – The weather for this week in the Prince George area has changed from what was predicted, but the Prince George Fire Centre is still preparing for the worst.
There were two minor fires in the area over the past 4 days. One at Foreman Flats, which was dealt with by the Prince George Fire Rescue department. It was a case of burning without a permit. The other happened at Tudyah Lake when lightning struck a shed and the flames spread to the grass. Wildfire crews responded and doused the flames before they could spread further.
Late last week, with the forecast predicting hot dry conditions for this week and next, the Wildfire Branch of the Ministry of Forests indicated the scene was being set for “volatile” conditions.
“The forecast was for all sunshine , but that has changed” says PG Fire Centre Information Officer Amanda Reynolds ” a low pressure system has moved in and that should bring some rain, but we are keeping ourselves prepared.”
There is a possibility of thunderstorms and that means lightning “We are keeping a close eye on the weather” says Reynolds. Lightning strikes spark about 60% of all wildfires in B.C.