Fire Information Officer Mike McCulley gave residents near Houston some unexpected good news today with regards to the China Nose blaze which changed some evacuation orders and allowed Highway 16 between Burns Lake and Topley to be re-opened.
“We can’t have people being complacent about this. The reason those orders were changed and the highway was reopened was because we were expecting a significant wind vent last night and we got very lucky and the wind was much less significant than we originally anticipated.”
However, McCulley warned that the current conditions can change at a moment’s notice.
“There are other people though around the fire that are going to need to be cautious and aware. When you mix the wind in with the tinder dry conditions we have over the woods right now, it’s a potential recipe for disaster.
The fire had grown to four thousand hectares since it sparked nearly a week ago.
McCulley also wanted to drive home the fact that the province of B.C., which is already three times over their budget for wildfire spending, can ill-afford any more fires which are human-caused.