Much needed wet weather has arrived – but wildfire officials are warning the fire danger is as real as ever.
Fire information officer Melissa Klassen says just last night there were two new human caused fires in the Kamloops Fire Centre.
“So one of the things we start to see when the weather does take a downturn is people going back out into the outdoors and not being as careful as they should be thinking that because it’s wet there isn’t a risk of wildfire, but the fire danger rating does remain high and there are areas of extreme still.”
“So we did get 100 millimetres of rain through the Kamloops Fire Centre, but some areas didn’t get any at all and some areas got less than a millimetre. And it is really dry, and it does take more than a millimetre or two to really change the dryness of the fuel conditions.”
Klassen warns that one dose of rain often isn’t enough to reduce the fire danger risk.
She says until until the rating is officially lowered – people need to stay vigilant.