Exceptional summer-like conditions have accelerated the drying of fuels and have made some regions highly susceptible to ignition and rapid spread. To date, the most significant wildfire activity has been concentrated to the northeast region of the province, and the vast majority of ignitions have been attributed to human activity.
The BC Wildfire Service has continued to support EMCR and CIFFC with freshet response and out-of-province deployments. Resources currently deployed to Alberta will be returning next week; and we will be looking at how we can best support our partners by assessing current capacity and forecast conditions.
Thursday afternoon, scattered thunderstorms are forecast across the Central and Southern Interior along with moderate winds and occasional gusts reaching up to 60 km/hr. The amount of rainfall accompanying these thunderstorms will be highly variable and therefore difficult to predict. Given the province-wide hot and dry conditions, lightning ignited wildfires are possible, particularly below the snow-covered peaks and ridges. This potential for lightning ignition is forecast to extend northwards into the northern Interior and along the foothills of the Northern Rockies on Friday and persist into the weekend. A transition to a cooler and wetter pattern is forecast beginning Sunday.
Wildfires of Note
Fire Bans and Restrictions
|Fire Centre||Campfires||Category 2|
|Forest Use |
and Area Restrictions
|Cariboo Fire Centre||N/A|
|Coastal Fire Centre||N/A|
|Kamloops Fire Centre||N/A|
|Northwest Fire Centre||N/A|
|Prince George Fire Centre|
|Southeast Fire Centre||N/A|
The next Provincial Wildfire Status Update will be provided on May 25, 2023.
Help prevent wildfires this long weekend
- Respect fire bans and restrictions
- Check current weather and road conditions
- Download the Wildfire Preparedness Guide
- Take steps to FireSmart your home
- Build an emergency grab-and-go bag
- Know which district or local authority you reside under and familiarize yourself with their communication channels