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Weather helps firefighters over the weekend

Over the weekend, rain and cooler temperatures affected southern regions or the province, temporarily lowering fire behaviour. Wildfire activity was quick to rebound, however, once conditions cleared and temperatures returned to at least a few degrees above seasonal. The majority of wildfire activity remains concentrated in the northeast region of the province, where 99 per cent of the total area burned so far this season has occurred.


After a temporary downturn in weather over the weekend, temperatures rose to 4-7 degrees above normal today. Hot and dry conditions are expected to favour the Cariboo, Bulkley and Lillooet Fire Zone in the short term. A chance of ongoing thunderstorms in the southeast corner of the province is expected to linger. Due to current fuel conditions in this region, the probability of lightning-caused starts is low. This probability will increase as this weather system shifts north. Come tomorrow, cooler and wetter conditions are forecast to reach the Interior and stretch north into reach the South Peace Region but stop before reaching Fort Nelson. High, gusty winds are expected to accompany this weather event, which could affect fire behaviour and growth of existing fires.

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