VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Lightning strikes are forecast for parts of the province this B.C. Day long weekend as the fire danger rating in the southern half sits at high, with some pockets of extreme.
There are no fire bans in place, but that could change, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service.
“There have been some bans and prohibitions implemented in certain areas and we are constantly monitoring conditions and the situation,” said B.C. Wildfire Service fire information officer Karley Desrosier.
Compounding concerns is the threat of lightning, which is expected to persist through the weekend in some parts of the province.
As the long weekend kicks off, so too will thunderstorms. Widespread activity expected today (July 31, 2020) with severe storms possible over central BC.
— ECCC Weather British Columbia (@ECCCWeatherBC) July 31, 2020
Heat warnings have been issued for the Fraser Canyon and parts of the southern Interior, pushing up the risk of wildfires.
“Temperatures reaching their peak and lighting in the forecast through until the end of the weekend, we are seeing areas of increased fire danger rating,” Desrosier said.
The wildfire risk ranges from moderate in the north to high and extreme in the south.
Desrosier said the majority of fires this year have been caused by people.
So for this year, the province has seen 244 wildfires, down from 579 in 2019.