Dry weather continues to aggravate wildfires

first_imgThe largest is now 50 kilometers west of Williston Lake, and as of last report, it had grown to 4,000 hectares and was still growing.Like the one southeast of Tumbler Ridge, it was started by lightning and was still active and uncontained.At roughly 3,800 hectares, the Red Deer Lake Fire had a slightly reduced burn area, but Fire Information Officer, Kevin Skrepnek says the crews battling it are still far from having it contained.- Advertisement -“We certainly do expect future growth on it, just given the weather conditions we’re anticipating,” Skrepnek said. “Potentially unstable weather bringing dry lighting, so obviously that’s a big concern for us from a wildfire perspective.”  Skrepnek’s also issued yet another appeal to the public, especially those with plans to be in the back country, to be extra conscious of fire prevention.“Whether it’s with discarded cigarettes, camp fires; when it’s this dry out, the heat, often from exhaust pipes from a car or any ATV can be enough to start a fire,” Skrepnek explained.Advertisement The 3rd local area fire, about 6 kilometers east of Mackenzie, was at last word much smaller than the other two, at only about 80 hectares.last_img read more

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