Extreme Fire Danger in Cariboo Prompts Warning
Prince George, B.C.- With the temperatures expected to climb over the weekend, and some lightning expected throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre, that region could see lightning sparked wildfires.
The fire danger rating throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre is mostly “moderate” to “high”, with the exception of large pockets of “extreme” fire danger rating covering most of the Chilcotin Fire Zone.
Since the beginning of April, the Cariboo Fire Centre has already responded to 41 fires that have burned 208 hectares. Seven of these fires were lightning-caused. The other 34 were caused by people. In the last four days alone, crews have responded to three lightning-caused fires.
The BC Wildfire Service is urging the public to report wildfires by calling 1 800 663-5555 or *5555 on a cellphone. Open burning violations and abandoned campfires should also be reported to these numbers.
Category 2 and Category 3 open fires are currently prohibited throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre’s jurisdiction. Other prohibited activities include the use of fireworks, sky lanterns, burning barrels or burning cages of any type, and exploding binary targets (e.g., for target practice).
While the Prince George Fire Centre is expecting to experience the same storms, the recent rain has reduced the fire danger rating to mostly low to moderate throughout the region. “We had so much precipitation, we just don’t have the dry conditions they are experiencing in the Cariboo Fire Centre” says BC Wildfire Service Communications person Amanda Reynolds. “So while we will likely see the same storms, they will be accompanied by precipitation, so the risk of new lightning sparked fires in our region is much lower.”