Forecasted warm and dry weather may cause significant growth for northeastern B.C. wildfires
FORT ST. JOHN -- With the forecasted warm and dry weather, residents are concerned about the wildfires in northeastern B.C.
According to B.C Wildfire, the situation for the Stoddart Creek wildfire remains stable. The wildfire has been held for the past four days and has not grown in size.
“The amount of rain that we did receive a couple of days ago and then with our suppression efforts, even the guards that we built and all the work that's been done over the last two weeks, [there’s] not any concern with any more kind of growth or movement,” explains Forrest Towers, information officer for B.C. Wildfire.
He warns that there may be some smoke but the smoke should not pass the hundred feet perimeter that was just built.
The Red Creek continues to be held. The Cameron River wildfire is under control.
B.C. Wildfire said their plan for the next few days is to clean and patrol the areas.
Currently, there are 700 fire personnel fighting the fires with plans to decrease the number over the next few weeks.
While there may be some luck for the Stoddart Creek fire, B.C. Wildfire says it looks uncertain for the Donnie Creek fires.
The Donnie Creek fire is still out of control with smouldering, low flames.
Bryan Zandberg, the information officer for that fire, warns residents of the potential significant growth of the fire size this weekend.
The service says they are expecting a few days of steady warm and dry temperatures over the next few days. By Saturday, fire conditions will become more unsettled.
“We're expecting to see those fuels being drier and that moisture alleviating from all the rain that we've had. So we're definitely of concern. The road systems are also very unstable, so we need to watch those with our crews and also those industry partners that are utilizing the roads,” says Paula Walbauer, the information officer at B.C. Wildfire.
Fire crews are currently working to protect industrial and residential structures in the area.
As for the Klua Lake and Muskwa River fires near the complex, they have not increased in size but are still considered out of control.