According to a British Columbia mayor, as the wildfire season continues early this year, wildfire smoke is becoming the “biggest problem” for residents and firefighters.
But after issuing an air quality warning a few days ago, the Canadian Ministry of Environment and Climate Change stated that it had downgraded it to a smoky warning, saying that the air quality near the fire itself would be worse.
The mayor of 100 Mile House told CBC News that the smoke posed a major challenge.
“Our biggest problem is that we have too much smoke, and because of the smoke, it is difficult for us to put out the fire from the air,” Mitch Campsol said Saturday morning. “This is becoming a big problem.”
On Saturday, federal meteorologist Derek Lee said that although most of the air quality notices on Friday have been cancelled, there are still smoky sky notices in areas close to the fire-if conditions worsen this weekend, These announcements may be upgraded.
“Within 24 to 48 hours, we expect wildfire smoke to affect the area,” Li said. “If the situation gets worse, we will eventually have to issue air quality recommendations for these areas.”
Although the air quality may have improved after a large amount of smog was reported in the local area on Friday, the air quality will be worse when approaching a wildfire.
“Near forest fires, there is definitely a risk,” Li said.
On Saturday, the province’s Ministry of Transportation urged drivers to avoid areas affected by wildfires.
The ministry said in a tweet that wildfires “are affecting travel in British Columbia. Please do not travel to areas with evacuation warnings or nearby communities.”
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Please do not go to areas with evacuation warnings or nearby communities.
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According to the latest provincial data, 238,971 hectares of land have been destroyed by 1,096 wildfires in British Columbia so far this year. According to the province, of the 16 new fires reported in the past 24 hours, two-thirds are believed to have been caused by humans, and the rest were caused by lightning.
Karley Desrosiers, Provincial Fire Information Officer of the Wildfire Service of British Columbia, said there are still 305 wildfires burning in British Columbia, and about half of them have been declared “out of control.” She said “resources are scarce” but expects to deploy firefighters from Quebec on Friday night.
“Unfortunately, based on yesterday’s forecast, quite a lot of lightning was predicted,” she told CBC News.
Most of the fires occurred in the Kamloops and Kelowna areas. On Saturday, the BC Wildfire Bureau declared several new fires “noticeable” and “out of control.”
Evacuation alert, order
Approximately 20 districts and indigenous people are under evacuation warnings or orders.
The fire had an area of ??nearly 1,200 hectares and burned on steep terrain. The Wildfire Service stated that the fire was driven by wind and dry fuel. Due to the fire, more than 160 properties were in evacuation alert status.
Later on Saturday, the Thompson-Nicolas Regional District released Evacuation order For the rural property southwest of 100 Mile House, because Pinghu WildfireIt started on July 8 and has an estimated area of ??14,000 hectares.
The jurisdiction also released Evacuation order At around 9pm on Saturday night, 60 properties east of Ashcroft were due to Tremont Creek WildfireThe fire was classified as out of control and currently covers an area of ??4,000 hectares. Due to the fire, nearly 700 properties were in an evacuation alert state.
There is also an evacuation order The property between Stuart Lake and Babine Lake near Fort St. James in the central region of the province has been downgraded to an evacuation alert as firefighters have made progress in rescue Camsel Lake Wildfire. It started burning last Saturday and covers an area of ??310 hectares.
Anyone who receives an evacuation order must leave the area immediately.
Evacuation centers have been set up throughout the province to help anyone evacuating from communities threatened by wildfires.To find the center closest to you, please visit Emergency Management in British Columbia website.
Encourage evacuees to register online Emergency Support Service, Regardless of whether they receive services in an evacuation center.