With the wildfire risk extreme across much of B.C., crews are bracing for a wave of incoming thunderstorms and lighting.
Marg Drysdale of the Coastal Fire Centre says they’re closely monitoring the weather system as it approaches.
“We actually see the lightning trails come through in real time. So we can tell you right now that some of the lightning strikes have already hit Washington. So we’re watching the storms, we knew it was coming in, they were able to prepare.”
“They’ve put extra crews on, they’ve also put on extra helicopters on in strategic locations, and now we’re just waiting and seeing where those lighting strikes are going to hit, or if they’re going to hit in coastal.”
Drysdale says extra crews and helicopters have been positioned in strategically in case new fires crop up.
There are currently 96 active wildfires across B.C.
The early season has already consumed 62.9 of the province’s $63-million wildfire budget.