Wildfires across British Columbia are continuing to grow in size and in numbers as a new week begins. The BC Wildfire Service says there are 218 fires burning in the province including 29 new fires from yesterday. That’s down from the weekend when more than 100 fires began Friday and Saturday.
A number of fires began in the Prince George Fire Centre Sunday, following a lightning storm yesterday. The Sutherland Road fire is location about 10 kilometres north of Fort Fraser. It’s about 700 hectares.
The Tatuk Lake and Finger Lake fire southwest of Prince George is about 950 hectares and the Grizzly Lake fire southwest of Prince George is about 250 hectares.
All three fires have Evacuation Alerts associated with them. That means residents in the area should be taking precautions to leave their properties if the situation worsens. Maps of the areas affected are located at the bottom of this page.
Most of the largest fires continue to be burning in the Cariboo Regional District. The Gustafsen fire has grown to 10,000 hectares and a complex of fires burning near Williams Lake has eaten up 10,000 hectares.
Wildfire officials says a change in wind direction led to the decision to issue the evacuation order for the town of 100 Mile House late Sunday night.
The forecast in the Cariboo region is calling for more hot dry weather conditions which will do little to slow the growth of the wildfires. Lightning activity could return to the northern part of the region in the middle of the week.
Meantime campfires have now been banned virtually across the province. Officials say they’re trying to reduce the risk of more fires because resources are stretched so thin at this point.
More than 300 personnel from Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick are going to begin arriving in BC today. And the federal government has continued to offer its support.
The Bulkley Nechako Regional District has released an maps below of the Evacuation Alerts west and southwest of Prince George.
The Cariboo Regional District has released the maps below, detailing the location of Evacuation Orders and Evacuation Alerts.