Wildfires see no new growth overnight despite steady winds

By Vanessa Ybarra
August 19, 2017 - 1:45pm

KAMLOOPS — Friday's winds caused more worry than damage throughout the province.

Fire Information Officer Kevin Skrepnek says the overnight wind througout the Cariboo and Southern Interior didn't have a huge impact on the 138 wildfires currently burning in B.C.

"In most cases the wind arrived but wasn't necessarily as strong as what we had forecast and in many cases it came with a little bit of rain or cooler temperatures and higher humidities that kept fire behaviour relatively in check," said Skrepnek.

14 new fires were started as a cause of lightning but remain relatively small in size.

Skrepnek says crews have seen progress on the Elephant Hill fire.

It remains at 168-thousand hectares in size but is now 25 per cent contained.

Meanwhile the Hanceville-Riske Creek fire remains at 218-thousand hectares in size.

Skrepnek says winds are expected to remain relatively calm for the next few days

Temperatures are expected to climb starting Monday with lightning forecast towards the end of the week.


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