B.C. forest fire update

B.C. forest fire update

6 July 2006

published by www.cknw.com

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada — Praying for rain. That’s what firefighters across b-c are doing as they try to kill more than 400 fires sparked since Canada Day.

Provincial Information Officer Radha Fisher says the biggest area of concern remains the Cariboo-Chilcotin were two evacuation alerts were issued yesterday. “Two different fires, two different areas,” Fisher described. “Emergency social services and emergency services will be informing anyone if there is a risk to them.”

Fisher adds cooler weather and rainfall were a big help fighting the hourglass creek fire that forced the evacuation of tumbler ridge for two days. “There’s still a lot of work to be done on that Tumbler Ridge fire,” said Fisher. “It’s promising for that area and for that fire, but it is still quite an active and busy situation elsewhere in the province.”

Since April 1st, B.C. has recorded 950 fires compared to 510 this time last year.


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