Since April 1, 2023, 1,523 wildfires have burned over 1.54 million hectares of land in B.C. Wildfire activity in the northern regions of the province have stabilized, whereas southern regions continue to build hazard with persistent warming and drying.
Evacuation orders and alerts remain in effect in response to the Eagle Bluff – formerly Lone Pine Creek – wildfire (K52318), which crossed the USA border on the evening of July 29. Otherwise, there have been multiple amendments to evacuations in the province since last week’s update. For a summary of active wildfire evacuation notices, please visit EmergencyInfoBC.
Over 750 wildfire personnel from out-of-country and 200 Canadian Armed Forces personnel are deployed within B.C. This international support is augmenting more than 2,000 BC Wildfire Service staff and 1,500 contract personnel (about 600 of which are contract firefighters) already responding to the wildfire situation in B.C.
Hot and dry weather continues to impact the Thompson-Okanagan and Kootenay regions. Some areas in the south are exhibiting crossover conditions, when relative humidity is less than or equal to the ambient air temperature, which can be an indicator of extreme burning conditions.
The northern third of the province continues to receive rain, but by mid week some warming and drying will be begin to extend northward, which could cause the dampened fire danger to rebound if this pattern persists.