British Columbia has fewer active fires, but the threat remains high in the extremely dry southern regions
The above-average temperatures in many parts of British Columbia are not expected to ease anytime soon-Environment Canada said that at least until the weekend, some southern areas hit hard by wildfires showed no signs of showers.
As of 8:30 am Pacific time on Monday, there were more than 250 active wildfires, a slight drop from the more than 300 fires that burned last week.According to the BC Emergency Management Department, since the start of the fire season nearly four months ago, the flames have burned more than 4,100 square kilometers of land
The fire risk in most parts of southern British Columbia remains high to extreme. The Wildfire Bureau of British Columbia stated that 40 fires were classified as notable fires, which means that the flames are either highly visible or pose a direct safety risk.
The Bureau of Meteorology predicts that several of the most challenging fires will have lighter winds, including 68 square kilometers. Nk’Mip Creek Flame South Okanagan between Oliver and Osoyoos.
The province announced that 34 Australian firefighters will arrive on Tuesday to help. They will join 101 firefighters from Mexico and other firefighters from Quebec, Alberta, Nova Scotia and Canadian Parks.
The forecaster predicts high temperature and no rain
But the forecaster said that the temperature there will not go from medium to high of more than 30 degrees throughout the week, and there is no sign of rain.
“The hot and dry weather in the southern inland areas continues, and we have seen so many fires there. [and] So much smoke. All of this is expected to continue,” said Bobby Sekhon, a meteorologist at Environment Canada, in an interview with CBC News.
“This week we will see the temperature rise. The period from Wednesday to Saturday looks like the hottest period next week, and we can also see that the high temperature warning may come into play.”
Meteorologists are also paying close attention to lightning.
“In fact, there is little chance of some lightning in the southern inland this week, some pulses from the southwest. This will need to be tracked because, of course, any lightning strikes — if not accompanied by precipitation — Can light a fire.”
Showers may depress parts of southeastern British Columbia, and fires on both sides of Upper Arrow Lake have forced hundreds of properties to issue evacuation orders or warnings.
However, Environment Canada stated that the probability of rain in the area is only 30%, and it will not rain until Saturday at the earliest.
The Department of Emergency Management of British Columbia said that 4,260 properties in British Columbia are still under evacuation orders, and residents of less than 18,000 properties have been warned to prepare to evacuate within a short period of time.
On Monday afternoon, an evacuation alert was issued on Lake Pinos, which extends south to Lake Blo, due to a wildfire in White Rock Lake in the northeast of Merritt.
Grand Forks’ Internet Service Disruption
Some families living in the Grand Forks area of ??West Kootenay have been without telephone, Internet and TV services for three days. Shaw Communications said service was interrupted on Friday due to nearby wildfires.
“Due to wildfire activity, we continue to face restrictions that prevent us from accessing our equipment to complete repairs,” the company Wrote in the update released on Monday.
Grand Forks is located approximately 125 kilometers east of Osoyoos, near the US border.
Xiao did not disclose how many customers were affected.