It’s been an early start to the wildfire season in BC thanks to sustained hot dry weather across the province, with 143 fires so far this year throughout the province.
To fight the fires currently burning, the BC Wildfire Service has deployed 200 personnel, either on the ground or in coordination centers throughout the Prince George Fire Centre.
Those personnel on the fire lines are about to get additional assistance combating the blazes.
Kevin Skrepnek, the Chief Fire Information Officer for the BC Wildfire Service, says air tankers to fight the fires will be deployed soon.
“Given the activity we’ve had already, the decision was made by the province to bring out air tanker fleet online early. We have one tanker group that’s going to be fire ready as of this afternoon, they’re going to be based out of Fort St. John. A second group is going to be coming active in Prince George. And the third air tanker group is going to be coming online in Williams Lake next week”
Those deployments are a week to two weeks a head of schedule from previous years. Normally the first tanker groups don’t come online until the last week of April.