Thunderstorms brought some lightning but also some rain Sunday afternoon in Williams Lake. Angie Mindus photo

Thunderstorms brought some lightning but also some rain Sunday afternoon in Williams Lake. Angie Mindus photo

Wet weather cools off fire danger rating in the Cariboo

Evacuation alert lifted for Mayfield Lake fire near Williams Lake

Stormy, wet and cool weather has arrived in the Cariboo.

A thunderstorm rumbled over Williams Lake about 4 p.m. Sunday, bringing with it light rain showers.

Monday is expected to be sunny, followed by another five days of rain and temperatures in the mid-to upper-teens Celsius, according to Environment Canada.

Even with the clearer skies, there remains a Smoky Skies Bulletin for Williams Lake and Quesnel.

The Smoky Skies Bulletin is a special type of public advisory to communicate the rapidly changing nature of wildfire smoke. It is issued when areas of the province are being impacted or have reasonable potential to be impacted by wildfire smoke within 24-48 hours. These bulletins are based on available pollutant concentrations information, satellite information, smoke forecast models and visual observations, and are not intended to manage local emission sources.

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The fire danger rating is generally ‘low’ in the Cariboo Fire Centre with large pockets of ‘moderate’ through the west and northwestern portions of the fire centre.

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The cooler weather and firefighting efforts have also offered some relief for at least one fire near Williams Lake, with the Mayfield Lake fire no longer being considered a fire of note by the BC Wildfire Service. The CRD also lifted the evacuation alert for the area.

The Mayfield Lake fire is roughly 300 hectares in size, however, is 100 per cent guarded and contained with minimal fire activity. The fire was discovered Aug. 9, and believed to be caused by lightning.


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