Cariboo Wildfires Likely to Blame for Smoky Conditions in P.G.
Prince George, B.C. – It’s smokier than usual in Prince George today but it’s not due to any fires in the immediate area.
Olivia Pojar, fire information officer with the BC Wildfire Service, says the smoke is coming from various places around western Canada.
“There’s a smoke forecasting website, firesmoke.ca, and according to that website it looks like most of that smoke is coming from the larger fires in the Cariboo.”
She says the most recent fire starts in the region occurred around Mackenzie and the Hudson’s Hope area.
“Yesterday there was six new fires, today, two new fires. But they’re all quite small – most are under .1 hectare. Most are lightning caused and two are out.”
Pojar says it’s “unlikely” those fires have contributed to the smoky conditions in Prince George today.
As for air quality, the Province says the concentration of PM 2.5 has been steadily rising since 11 this morning and at 2 o’clock was sitting at 128 micrograms per cubic metre.The 24-hour rolling average was at 32.1 micrograms per cubic metre. The provincial target is 25.