Wildfire Officials Brace for Change in Weather
Prince George, B.C. – Weather conditions in the B.C. interior are expected to change this weekend and could have negative effects on efforts to deal with the province’s outbreak of wildfires.
A cold front is expected to arrive in the Cariboo today, bringing cooler temperatures but higher winds. And those southwesterly winds could mean a spread of the Central Cariboo Complex of fires on the north and eastern boundaries. As officials have been aware of the weather changes crews have been working to put contingencies and guards in place in these particular areas.
The officials say fire activity is likely to increase while smoke may dissipate slightly. The Cariboo may get some showers tonight and Sunday but it is expected that will amount to only a few millimetres of precipitation. Given the extremely dry condition of ground fuels, firefighting efforts are not expected to be helped in a significant way.
Some shower activity (40% chance) may also arrive this afternoon in the Prince George area but there is also a risk of a thunderstorm and winds from the south at 20 km/h. The forecast high is 29. Showers or thundershowers with southerly 20 km/h winds are in the forecast tonight, with a low of 14.