Fire danger rating lower, but caution still urged

Wildfire danger rating this year on July 2, compared to last year.
Wildfire danger rating this year on July 2, compared to last year.

The cooler, wetter June brought average to above average rainfall across B.C., which is good news for those battling the province’s wildfires. However, warns the B.C. Wildfire Service, forests can dry out quickly and fires can still easily be ignited, so always practice fire safety when burning or in the backcountry.

Saturday will mark the one-year anniversary of the storm that sent last year’s fire season from average to worst ever. And even though it’s been cool, fire crews are still busy.

As of Tuesday, there were 35 wildfires larger than 0.01 hectares burning in the Prince George Fire Centre area. The Beatton River fire, in the Peace, is the largest fire at 21,795 hectares.

As of July 2, there have been 225 wildfires in the Prince George Fire Centre area, which have consumed 41,448 hectares of forest.