FORT ST. JOHN -- Days of no rain and severe heat across the Peace Region are leading to increased fire activity.

Data from the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) today shows the fire danger rating in Northeast B.C. is now listed as 'high' to 'extreme'.

It’s a stark contrast from last month after rainfall for the second half of June led to the fire danger rating to fall bewteen 'very low' and 'low'.

Tumbler Ridge, portions of Fort St. John, up into the Fort Nelson area are now listed as 'extreme'.

While Dawson Creek west through Prince George are listed as having a 'high' danger rating.

According to the BCWS, the increased risk follows days of hot weather that dried out many parts of the province.

In an update Wednesday, the wildfire service said a cold front is expected to sweep across the North and with it will bring strong winds, thunderstorms, and possible dry lightning.

The BCWS adds they are ready to respond to an increase in wildfire activity.

"The BC Wildfire Service is prepared to respond to new wildfires and increased wildfire activity," the update said. "Wildfire personnel are constantly monitoring and assessing conditions, and resources are stationed and deployed in alignment with heightened risk."

According to the Provincial Drought Portal, the region is now listed at a level four-- the second highest rating.

In the last 24 hours, there have been 37 wildfire starts across the province.

On Thursday, Minister of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness Bowinn Ma will be joined by provincial ministry officials, and the BC Wildfire Service to provide an update about the current wildfire situation in B.C.