Crews respond to almost 100 wildfires in the Cariboo during the long weekend

Lightning caused 95 wildfires during the August long weekend, the Cariboo Fire Centre Wildfire Management Branch reported Tuesday.

  • Aug. 6, 2013 1:00 p.m.

There were a total of 95 lightning-caused wildfires during the August long weekend, the Cariboo Fire Centre Wildfire Management Branch reported Tuesday.

They included 22 starts on Thursday evening, 31 on Friday, 22 on Saturday, 10 on Sunday, nine on Monday and one Tuesday.

The majority of fires were small spot size — 0.009 hectares — and were quickly put out by firefighting crews, including local contract crews.

Airtankers, helicopters and heavy equipment also lent support. The biggest fire, 5.1 hectares near the Willow River east of Quesnel, is in mop-up stage.

Seventeen wildfires are currently burning in the CFC: 14 are in initial attack stage, three are in modified response and are being monitored. No values were at risk as of Tuesday morning.

The Central Cariboo/Horsefly-Likely region saw the most action with 30 lightning-caused starts; 100 Mile House saw 27; and Quesnel and Central Cariboo/Williams Lake had 17 each. The Chilcotin was relatively quiet with four starts.

“Unfortunately, there were also five person-caused wildfires—three in the Central Cariboo/Horsefly-Likely region and two in 100 Mile House,” the CFC noted in a press release. “The number of lightning storms and the resulting wildfires serve as a reminder that continued vigilance is required in preventing person-caused fires and lets the CFC/WMB focus its efforts on naturally occurring fires.”

During the weekend, a total of 25.5 millimetres of rain fell in Williams Lake, Environment Canada meteorologist Greg Pearce told the Tribune.

“You got three mm on Aug.1, 1.5 mm on Aug. 2 and 20.3 mm on Aug. 3,” he said.

Despite the rainfall, felt in various spots, the fire danger rating in the CFC is moderate with large areas of high in the region’s north, west and east, and pockets of extreme forecast for Nazko, Quesnel, Middle Lake and Tautri in the Chilcotin, Likely and Prairie Creek near Horsefly Lake.

Both the campfire ban and open burning prohibition remain in effect.

To report a wildfire or prohibited campfire or open burning, call 1 800 663-555 toll-free or

*5555 on your cellphone.

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, and open fire and burning restrictions, go to bcwildfire.ca.

 

 

Just Posted

Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Tribune.
FOREST INK: Plenty of changes happening in forest industry

A new process produces a biodegradable plastic-like product from wood waste powder

Scout Island Nature Centre in Williams Lake. (Angie Mindus file photo)
LETTER: Scout Island is a nature sanctuary not an amusement park

Scout Island absolutely does not need an ice cream stand or a food truck

Professor Nancy Sandy of Williams Lake First Nation, seen here travelling on the land in Tahltan territory, is heading up the new Indigenous Law and Justice Institute at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ont. (Patricia Squires photo)
WLFN professor named director of Lakehead University’s Idigenous law, justice institute

A lawyer, Nancy Sandy is also a former chief of Williams Lake First Nation

Lorne Doerkson is the Liberal MLA for the Cariboo-Chilcotin. (Black Press Media file photos)
MLA’s CORNER: Mining month in B.C.

Mining Month 2021 gives us the opportunity to learn more about how the industry is changing

Daily confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day rolling average in white, to May 12, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. preparing ‘Restart 2.0’ from COVID-19 as June approaches

Daily infections fall below 500 Friday, down to 387 in hospital

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Poached trees that were taken recently on Vancouver Island in the Mount Prevost area near Cowichan, B.C. are shown on Sunday, May 10, 2021. Big trees, small trees, dead trees, softwoods and hardwoods have all become valuable targets of tree poachers in British Columbia as timber prices hit record levels. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jen Osborne.
Tree poaching from public forests increasing in B.C. as lumber hits record prices

Prices for B.C. softwood lumber reached $1,600 for 1,000 board feet compared with about $300 a year ago

The warm weather means time for a camping trip, or at least an excursion into nature. How much do you know about camps and camping-related facts? (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
QUIZ: Are you ready to go camping?

How many camp and camping-related questions can you answer?

On Friday, May 14 at Meadow Gardens Golf Club in Pitt Meadows, Michael Caan joined a very elite club of golfers who have shot under 60 (Instagram)
Crowds at English Bay were blasted with a large beam of light from an RCMP Air-1 helicopter on Friday, May 14. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marc Grandmaison
Police enlist RCMP helicopter to disperse thousands crowded on Vancouver beach

On Friday night, police were witness to ‘several thousand people staying well into the evening’

People shop in Chinatown in Vancouver on Friday, February 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Vancouver community leaders call for action following 717% rise in anti-Asian hate crimes

‘The alarming rise of anti-Asian hate in Canada and south of the border shows Asians have not been fully accepted in North America,’ says Carol Lee

Sinikka Gay Elliott was reported missing on Salt Spring Island on Wednesday, May 12. (Courtesty Salt Spring RCMP)
Body of UBC professor found on Salt Spring Island, no foul play suspected

Sinikka Elliott taught sociology at the university

The first Black judge named to the BC Supreme Court, Selwyn Romilly, was handcuffed at 9:15 a.m. May 14 while walking along the seawall. (YouTube/Screen grab)
Police apologize after wrongly arresting B.C.’s first Black Supreme Court Justice

At 81 years old, the retired judge was handcuffed in public while out for a walk Friday morning

Most Read