With the significant amounts of rain the Peace has been experiencing, the forest fire risk has been quite low, but with warmer, drier weather forecast for the region, that risk is expected to increase.
Currently the area has a low to moderate risk of wildfires, says Jill Chimko, a fire information officer with the Prince George Fire Centre. However, Chimko says only a few days ago, that risk was classified as low to very low, which means it’s only taken a few days to increase the fire danger rating.
The forecast increase in temperature is expected to further increase the risk of wildfires and she says a breeze can even quicken that process.
So far, the Peace has only had nine wildfires, all less than 10 hectares in size, compared to more than 100 during the same time last year. However, with the drier weather, the risk is increasing and residents are being urged to be cautious when using campfires or driving ATVs to prevent sparks from flying from the exhaust.
To report a wildfire, call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on a cell phone.