Weather May Offer Break for Cariboo Firefighters
Prince George, B.C. – “We’ve got a bit of a front moving southeastward across the Province” says Kevin Skreplnek, Chief Information Officer with the B.C. Wildfire Service.
“With that we are going to be seeing some unstable weather in some areas, that is going to be translating into rain, in other areas it’s going to be translating into wind and potentially some isolated thundershowers.”
It’s the wind that has, and continues to be a challenge for fire fighters says Skrepnek “It will definitely affect some of the fires we’ve got burning across the province, it’s not looking like it’s going to see much rain reach the east Kootenays where we’ve got a number of fires so it’s definitely cause for concern because there’s going to be some wind in there”
Although there will be what Skrepnek calls a “good smattering of rain” across the southern half of the Province, and it will likely help matters in the Cariboo, he says this is not the beginning of the end of the fire season “It certainly is going to be a welcome reprieve for a few days, I don’t think we’re going to see rain in terms of volume that will put these fires out, by any stretch of the imagination. Any moisture is welcome just given how dry it is out there, but it’s not going to end the fire season by any stretch of the imagination.”
There are 159 fires burning in B.C., which have burned 1,163,210 hectares and fire suppression costs are now pegged at $484.7 million dollars.