As the temperatures rise, so does the wildfire risk.
Chief Fire Information Officer Kevin Skrepnek says they have already seen 7 new fire starts since the scorching weather arrived Saturday.
“Yeah, I mean we certainly had some activity over the weekend, most of it up north. In the northeastern part of the province, in what we call the Prince George Fire Centre. But nothing of huge concern at this point in terms of evacuation alerts or orders, or significant impacts. Given the heat we’ve seen over the last few days, and the heat we’re going to have over the next few days as well, you know, not unexpected given those conditions.”
Skrepnek says his concern is the heat will dry out forest fuels pretty quick meaning fire will be easier to start and burn more aggressively.
He says more than 200 wildfires have been human caused so far this year.
Skrepnek says 52-million-dollars has been spent responding to the flood and then fire season.