Wildfire Season Off To Slow Start

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG News
Wildfire Season Off To Slow Start

Planning for a wildfire can be unpredictable.

That’s why after last year’s vicious blaze in Fort McMurray, the Prince George fire centre is warning the public to be extra cautious this season.

The Regional District of Fraser Fort George(RDFFG) deals with many interface fires every year, which are blazes that threaten urban areas, such as the city of prince george.

In 2015, the Norman and Bob Tail lakes wildfires threatened many residents outside the city in the regional district.

“Now is the best time for people to be prepared.” said Michael Higgins, RDFFG Manager of Community Services.

Higgins says if a fire is burning close enough to Prince George, they will work with the city to contain it.

As for the fire season so far, there’s no comparison to last year.”

“The BC wildfire service has responded to 7 wildfires which has burned 12 hectares within the Prince George Fire centre.” said Reynolds.

“That’s a drastically lower number than 2016. At this time last year, we had 90 fires burning over 20,000 hectares.”

The regional district says they will be launching a public alerting system next week, that allows residents to getup to date information on where fires are burning.

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