“Substantial Increase” Expected in Cariboo Fires
Prince George, B.C. – The B.C. Wildfire Service has issued a bulletin stating that a major wind event forecast for the Cariboo and southern BC today is expected to bring gusts up to 70 km/h for some areas.
Given the current wildfire situation the Service expects the weather system will lead to a substantial increase in fire activity throughout the Cariboo region. The bulletin says current fire could grow significantly and new fires may burn and spread aggressively. Despite the efforts of ground crews to prepare for this event over the past few days containment is expected to be made difficult by hot and dry conditions and gusting winds.
Due to the fact existing fires are close to communities, infrastructure and transportation routes, people throughout the Cariboo region and the south interior should prepare for potential evacuations.
The BC Wildfire Service is urging everyone to stay out of the backcountry in the affected areas. Provincial parks and recreation sites in the Cariboo were previously closed to the public.
Up-to-date information on current evacuation alerts and orders are available on the Emergency Management BC website at www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca and on local government websites.