No rest for the weary with another busy day on the frontlines for firefighters in BC.
Kevin Skrepnek with the BC Wildfire Service says cooler temperatures and higher humidity causes more lightning activity.
“Yesterday alone 50 new fires. Now thankfully, the vast majority of those are lightning caused fires, and for the most part that lightning did come with at least some scattered rain. So most of those fires are small, under one hectare in size, and haven’t resulted in any major incidents at this time. Over half of that activity was in the Southeast fire centre, the West and East Kootenays.”
Skrepnek says the famed Martin Mars water bomber has yet to take flight.
“We look at a mission profile in terms of what effectiveness they are going to have. And that applies to the Martin Mars that applies to all of our tankers, and helicopters as well. I think it’s important to know aircraft are very visible, very dramatic, very impressive things to see in action, but it is crews on the ground that is getting these fires out. The aircraft are there to support them, whether it is the Martin Mars or anything else.”
The central interior’s Puntzi Lake fire is now burning at close to 8100 hectares, and it’s still 30 percent contained.
90 homes have been evacuated.
Many others remain under an alert.