Wildfire Service Braces for Another Wind Event
Prince George, B.C. -The Elephant Hill fire has seen some growth, and could be a major challenge tomorrow, as more gusty wind is predicted in the area.
The Elephant Hill fire is now estimated to be 186,800 hectares, but is 50% contained. “Tomorrow we are expecting wind to pick up in some areas of the province” says BC Wildfire Service Chief Information Officer, Kevin Skrepnek, “Unfortunately this is an area where we think wind is going to present a significant challenge tomorrow. we are bracing for a pretty bad, challenging day out there.”
He says crews are doing as much as they can today to mitigate the impact wind might have ” Putting some containment lines in place, particularly along the northern edge of this fire, but we are expecting wind gusts of up to 40 kilometers per hour in the area of this fire, and that is certainly going to be a challenge.”
He says people who live in an area that is under evacuation alert, be prepared to be ordered to leave within 30 minutes “We are in discussion with the Cariboo Regional District today as to whether there needs to be an expansion of (evacuation) alerts and orders that are already in place in that area on the northern edge of that fire towards highway 24”.
Skrepnek says even though this is a long weekend, people need to think twice about heading to the area “Given that this is a long weekend, and this is a popular vacation spot, given the fact this fire is so active and has so much potential, regardless of evacuation alerts and orders right now, we’re broadly urging people to avoid that area at this time.
There will increased patrols by authorities throughout the Cariboo, Kamloops and South East fire centres, to ensure people are obeying the campfire ban, area restrictions and off road vehicle ban.