KAMLOOPS (NEWS 1130) – As the provincial state of emergency continues, fire crews hope to make an impact as they fight just more than 500 wildfires around British Columbia.
Fire Information Officer Ryan Turcot says the break in hot weather has been welcome relief to crews, but it has also brought some challenges.
“Typically when you see weather patterns that bring precipitation, that generally also comes with the risk of more lightning, in some cases, stronger winds. However, what I can say is where we have seen lightning, that lightning has been accompanied by precipitation.”
Turcot says there has been a downward trend in the day-over-day number of new wildfires crews have been called out to.
“For example, [Friday], we only responded to six new wildfires,” he says.
While things may appear to be slowing slightly, Turcott adds there’s more work to be done before the fire season is over.
“Especially if you look at the fire situation in Central B.C., there continues to be a number of wildfires of note in that region,” he explains.
There are about 46 blazes considere of note.
The Alkali Lake wildfire is the largest one currently burning in the province, sitting at an estimated 118,000 hectares in size.
Close to 4,300 personnel are responding to this year’s wildfire situation. Turcot says that doesn’t include the more than 1,800 contract and close to 800 out-of-province personnel, including international crews from New Zealand, Australia, and Mexico.