UPDATE: Lightning reportedly caused 75 new wildfires in Cariboo Fire Centre
The Horsefly Lake fire is now a fire-of-note at 50 hectares
Beth AudetAug. 1, 2018 11:40 a.m.Local NewsNews
Update at 3:25 p.m.
Seventy-five new wildfires have sparked in the Cariboo Fire Centre since Tuesday, July 31.
Fire information officer Jessica Mack said in an email Wednesday afternoon that 63 of the fires are out-of-control, eight are under control, two are being held and two have extinguished.
These fires include 12 in Quesnel, 24 in 100 Mile House, 23 in Horsefly, six in the Chilcotin and nine in and around Williams Lake.
Ground crews are still working to contain the 50 hectare fire-of-note at Horsefly Lake and heavy equipment is working at putting in a fuel-free guard.
Mack is still not in a position where she can provide specific updates on every fire as detailed information is not yet available.
“Our main focus is fire suppression,” and making sure no communities or structures are in danger, she said. “Thankfully, at this time there are not any immediate threats.”
Mack will be meeting with staff at the fire centre this evening and will be able to provide an update tomorrow morning regarding today’s activity and crew objectives.
Mack asked for understanding at a time when they are responding to “a multitude of wildfires” and said they are doing their best to provide information.
Original story, 11:40 a.m.
Lightning storms on the evening of Tuesday, July 31, caused 65 new wildfires in the Cariboo Fire Centre, according to BC Wildfire Service.
Jessica Mack, the Cariboo’s fire information officer, said in an email Wednesday morning that 55 of the fires are considered out of control, five are under control and one is being held.
The fire in the Horsefly area has been upgraded to a fire-of-note, burning at 50 hectares.
In a follow-up phone call, Mack’s colleague Tracy Freeman said they are unable to provide a more detailed update on each fire at this time because they are working on getting updates, themselves.
She suggested looking to the BC Wildfire active wildfire interactive map for the most up-to-date information.
The map currently shows 58 fires in the Cariboo Fire Centre. Fires are put onto the map when they are sending crews out to investigate an incident. Fires may not necessarily be confirmed.
When asked if it’s possible to identify which of the 58 fires are confirmed, Freeman said, “Unfortunately we just don’t have the time to do that.”
Crews are currently concentrating on fire suppression and Freeman said they should be able to send updates on each fire by the end of the day, between 6 and 11 p.m.
The Cariboo Regional District issued an evacuation alert Wednesday morning for the Haggen’s Point and Hen Ingram Lake areas along the south side of Quesnel Lake. The CRD tweeted earlier this morning that the alert is due to potential roadblocks due to nearby wildfires. The alert affects 93 properties.
The Cariboo Regional District’s Emergency Operations Centre also issued an evacuation order Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. in the Tatelkus Lake area, roughly 131 km west of Quesnel. The CRD’s EOC said in the news release that the Chutanli Lake Wildfire, which was estimated at 736 hectares, spurred the alert. The alert affects two properties.
BC Wildfire Service tweeted earlier this morning that 132 new wildfires started in the province yesterday because of lightning. It is now responding to 305 wildfires across B.C.
You say the BC Wildfire service is responding to 132 outbreaks do they manage to extinguish all of them or what? I suppose if they catch them early enough they can put them out.
Depends on size, location, cause, etc.
Someone deliberately started 2 fires downtown near Safeway, Lots of trees, lots of grasses, buildlings, & all tinder dry!
Many fires are started because of carelessness.
There was a fire near me that started from someone mowing dried brush. The lawnmower blade hit a rock the spark from that started a fire. Fortunately it was contained before it became out of control.
I think it's a good idea to mount a fire extinguisher on a riding lawn mower.
Six firefighters died in the past few months.
I'm thinking of putting a fire extinguisher in my car not to extinguish Forrest fires, but to help someone who's car is on fire. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qejrvm-G5bQ
My grandfather told me a car runs better when the gas tank is half full rather than half empty. That's especially true encase of the need to evacuate.
The above link may be kind of boring.
The following link show how frightening it can be is even though it doesn't show the full fear and panic the evacuees went through. I don't know if I was fortunate, or not to see the entire video. Sorry I haven't taken the time to provide a link for the rest of it.
Having written that they made it through the fire burning on both sides of the road.
There was a recommended evacuation here last year because of a fire. I took the advice and left before there was a mandatory evacuation. On my way out of town one of the hoses connected to my radiator began leaking resulting in my car overheating.
In my evacuation plan I had bottled water which enabled me to refill the radiator.
People who don't leave during a mandatory evacuation are and should be subject to arrest.
Getting the animals out especially those who have horses should have evacuation plans.
I tried to find a good map showing how many fires are burning here in Western North America.
Found this one from Cal(ifornia) fire showing fires in the state of California
Firefighters from New Zealand and Australia recently arrived along with firefighters from other states.
This site is probably better to show a broader image of how many fires are burning across Western North America. https://fsapps.nwcg.gov
My understanding is that many of the fires are only 20%-30% contained. A lot of houses are and have been burned down.
News reports say several firefighters have died fighting the fires.
This link may be better https://fsapps.nwcg.gov/afm/googleearth.php
I watched Donald Trumps cabinet meeting today on C-Span where he talked about the fires. He denied climate change while saying forestry management is needed. His proposal to remove fallen and dying trees seems reasonable.
That's okay, but until he recognizes the cause and overwhelming evidence that the forests are sick due to climate change he is missing a point of forestry management and environmental impact in the long term.