Fire officials say they’re hopeful a turn in the weather could help get a handle on one of the busiest starts to wildfire season in years.
There are currently twenty active fires across BC. The largest: the Little Bobtail Lake fire near Prince George now burning 20,000 hectares, and only 20% contained.
Kevin Skrepnek with the Wildfire Management Branch says that could change if mother nature co-operates
“We saw some pretty erratic winds yesterday, and that did cause some aggressive fire behaviour and some growth. We are expecting the weather to be a little more favourable today towards our suppression efforts.”
Prince George RCMP says it’s pinpointed the origin of the Little Bobtail Lake fire, and believes it to be human caused.
“We’ve got over 300 personnel out there on the ground and in the air doing what they can to slow the spread of that fire.”
He says there’s also hope in the Cariboo: the Pelican Lake fire there now nearly contained, with cooler wet weather in the forecast.
He says how much rain falls in the next five to six weeks will determine how bad this fire season gets.