Wildfire Northwest of Quesnel Growing
Quesnel, B.C. – The wildlife south of Pantage Lake and around 40 kilometres northwest of Quesnel has grown to 158 hectares.
Lightning sparked the fire on Sunday though Cariboo Fire Centre fire information officer Natasha Broznitsky says it’s now 30 per cent contained.
“The wildfire is still not an immediate threat to public safety and property at this time,” she says. “Today we’ve got 60 firefighters and an incident management team working to estimate control lines and the perimeter of the fire. Working to increase that 30 per cent containment. They’re also being supported by airtankers, four helicopters as well as heavy equipment.”
Though temperatures are estimated to hit the mid-20s today, Broznitsky says winds are expected to be generally light today and tomorrow.
“So, sort of a mixed bag in terms of the weather. We are expecting if the weather forecast is correct, for a bit of a downturn later this week which could help with suppression efforts.”
She adds the Cariboo Fire Centre has received some reports of smoke in the Prince George area and says that may continue in nearby communities depending on which way the wind is blowing.