The intense start to wildfire season continues, with 81 blazes currently burning across the province, 56 burning in the Prince George Fire Centre alone.
Chief Fire Information Officer Kevin Skrepnek says the weather has been the driving factor for the quick start
“Record breaking temperatures, unusually, and unseasonably dry conditions, and then that turned into a perfect storm when we had a pretty significant wind event come through. So those three together have lead to the agressiveness of what we’ve seen out there, how fast and furious these fires have grown.”
Since April 1, wildfires have burned more than 30,000 hectares in B.C.
Another evacuation order has been issued near Fort St. John due to a large wildfire burning near the town.
The orders for the area are now in place for properties on following roads:
- Red Creek Road
- 254 Road from the Alaska Highway east to the 281 Road
- 289 Road, 287 Road, 285 Road, 283 Road and 281 Road all north from the 254 Road
- 256 Road from 281 Road to Prespatou Road
- North on the Prespatou Road from 256 Road south west along the Blueberry River, crossing the Beatton Airport Road, to the junction of the Aitken Creek Road, south along Aitken Creek Road to Alaska Highway
- Following Red Creek south adjacent to the Alaska Highway to Red Creek Road including a portion of the Lower Cache Road
- 260 Road off the Alaska Highway, and 260 Road west of the Prespatou Road
- Beatton Airport Road to the Blueberry River
- 272 Road of the Prespatou Road
- 277 Road off 272 Road
- 277 Road north off the 256 Road
- 279 Road between the 262 Road and 264 Road
- 264 Road, 260 Road, 258 Road all west of the Prespatou Road
Fire Information officer Marg Drysdale says two wildfires merged recently to form one 12,000 hectare blaze.
“It’s 45 kilometres from Fort St. John, it’s northwest. It is growing slightly to the west and slightly to the south.”
As for the weather situation?
“Today is not helping out. The situation is we had a hot dry day yesterday with some winds and we’re in the same situation today.”
Over a hundred firefighters are battling the flames, twelve helicopters, and heavy pieces of equipment are battling the flames.
Another wildfire the Siphon Creek blaze is burning out of control across 17,000 hectares.
Drysdale says the hope is the weather will turn.
“We are expecting some showers coming in maybe Saturday or Sunday. That should help with the situation. They’re also saying the temperatures should start to drop. We’re doing the hard work, our crews are out there working hard, and we’re just hoping for the weather to turn around.”
Two evacuation orders have been issued for the Beatton Airport Road fire and one for the Siphon Creek blaze.
Due to the two wildfires merging, any estimate on containment has been thrown out the window.