Over a dozen temperature records were broken across B.C. Thursday, and with the hot weather carrying into the weekend, it’s a crucial time for wildfire crews.
A small brush fire near the Lynn Canyon on-ramp in North Vancouver on Thursday was of little concern, but across B.C., the dry heat could pose a much larger problem this weekend.
Chief Fire Information Officer Kevin Skrepnek says scorching temperatures will continue, and crews are on high alert for potential blazes.
“We’re also forecasting some strong gusty winds across many parts of the province on Sunday. Those are prime conditions, if we do see fires start, that we expect they’ll be active, spreading more quickly than what we’ve been seeing up until this point this year.”
The silver lining is there isn’t much lightning in the forecast.
However, Skrepnek says that puts the onus on campers to be responsible, and keep the number of human-caused fires to a minimum.