PRINCE GEORGE (NEWS 1130) – Crews in the Prince George Fire Centre are already dealing with a number of wildfires this season.
Fire information officer Amanda Reynolds says there are more than a dozen right now, ranging in size. However, most of them aren’t from natural causes.
“[Some are] suspected to be human-caused. Some fires resulted from fallen power lines. The grass is dry, the temperatures are warm and — with the high winds — rate of spread is quicker when it’s not as windy.”
Record-high temperatures helped spark grass fires, prompting evacuation orders.
“We had a smaller snowpack and we’ve had kind of earlier, above-seasonal temperatures. Yesterday’s weather was a mixture of warm weather and very high winds,” adds Reynolds.
Crews in that region are still assessing many of the fires, the largest of which is around 30 square kilometres. Elsewhere, crews are still assessing fire danger ratings.