Even with September rolling around the corner, firefighters in the BC interior aren’t counting on getting a blast of cooler fall conditions in the near future.
Navi Saini with the B-C Wildfire Management Branch says even though the south coast has cooled off considerably since the height of the summer season, other parts of the province haven’t been so lucky.
“It is difficult to predict exactly when we will see a relief in weather. Many areas in the north remain hot and dry and the fire danger rating is from high to extreme.”
The unpredictability of lightning in hotspots means crews can’t put a fixed date on when wildfire season will be over.
“Hard to say, it varies every year season to season. Last year we were still seeing wildfires in September, and of course dry lightning is also a big factor into wildfire starts. As we head later into the season we usually still see lightning-caused wildfires.”
The Chelaslie River fire burning since early July is 20 percent contained, while the China Nose blaze is also still active at 40 percent containment.
Smoke from other blazes also continues to filter in towards the central coast and northern Vancouver Island.