Smoke originating from the large wildfires in the Cariboo Fire Centre has drifted north and is now visible throughout the Prince George Fire Centre.
The smoke was very evident in Prince George Saturday afternoon and evening, with dusk falling at about 5:30 p.m. The smell of smoke was heavy in the air as sat over the city.
The increase in smoke was due to a shift in the wind direction, pushing the smoke from the fires in the Cariboo into the entire northern part of the province.The smoke cleared out of the city Sunday morning. However, smoke is expected to linger in the area for the next few days.
Currently the largest wildfire in the Prince George Fire Centre is burning east of Lucas Lake about 65 kilometres southwest of Fraser Lake. As of Aug. 13, this fire has burned about 8,227 hectares. No communities or structures are currently threatened by this fire.
Detecting new wildfires in smoky conditions can be challenging. Anyone who sees open flames or a distinct column of smoke should call *5555 on a cellphone or 1 800 663-5555 toll-free as soon as possible and provide as much detail as possible.
Smoke concentrations can vary widely depending on wind activity, fire behaviour and changes in temperature.
- To see the current smoke forecast for Western Canada, visit: http://firesmoke.ca/forecasts/BSC00WC04/current/
- For the latest information about air quality, check: www.bcairquality.ca
The BC Wildfire Service reminds the public that all types of open burning, including campfires, are prohibited throughout the Prince George Fire Centre.