Could Be Long, Long Weekend for Firefighters
Prince George, B.C. – There is more hot weather on the way for the Cariboo and Kamloops Fire Centre regions this weekend , as Mother Nature refuses to give firefighters a break.
The most recent count from the B.C. Wildfire Service indicates there are 145 fires burning in B.C. and the cost to fight those fires is closing in on $420 million dollars.
As people make plans for their long weekend travels, campfire bans remain in place for the Cariboo and Kamloops Fire Centres, and the off road vehicle ban also remains in place.
Cathedral Park near Keremeos was closed yesterday and campers and guests at the Cathedral Lake lodge moved out of the area.
Anyone planning to head out for the long weekend is advised to check with the BC Wildfire Service, Cariboo Regional District, Thompson Nicola Regional District, or the Central Okanagan Regional district for the latest area restrictions and evacuation alerts and orders.
Robert Turner, Assistant Deputy Minister for Emergency Management B.C. says the fire season is far from over “I think there may be a perception that it’s the end of August it’s almost September, maybe the (fire) season is over”. He says with the Philpott Road fire, growth on the Elephant Hill blaze , the message should be clear “We remain in a very extreme fire danger rating. That communities and individuals need to be staying on a high level of alert, personal preparedness remains just as important now as it did two weeks ago. We are very much not out of this season.”
Although campfire bans have been lifted in the Prince George Fire Centre, the public is asked to remain vigilant as any human caused fire would divert valuable resources away from areas where firefighters are trying to protect properties and keep highways open.