BC wildfire season: Warm weather, more fires expected in July

Forecasts forecast to be drier than normal in late July and early August.

Temperatures across the district are expected to continue in July, with fires expected from the Wild Wild Service (BCWS) at the end of the month.

Matt McDonald’s BCWS leader predicted Thursday afternoon’s wildfires with BCC Forest Minister Katherine Conroy.

MacDonald’s cool June – bringing deep and continuous rainfall for much of the year – contributed to much of the district’s fire this year, but the fuels are still dry and can ignite even after a week of warm weather. .

From April 1 to July 4, 217 wildfires broke out – about half of the wildfires recorded this year – and the fires are smaller than normal.

“The chances of catching a big, big, deep fire are relatively low right now. But again, as we enter the middle of summer, it does not prevent us from seeing more fire, ”said McDonald.

“In my prediction today, there are chances to get into that hot climate. So we are sure to see an increase in fire activity.

McDonald’s is expected to return to hot and dry conditions in the next few weeks.

By the end of July, these summer-like temperatures may not only last, but may be even hotter than usual, perhaps by one or two degrees, within 30 days. It’s definitely interesting. ”

According to McDonald’s, forecasts are expected to be drier than normal between late July and early August, but rainfall is difficult to predict.

Most of the rainfall during the summer months is caused by small, unpredictable thunderstorms that last more than two or three days.

“We have to see how it goes. But when we get into the middle of summer, we are sure that we will be here in the heat, ”said McDonald.

He predicts a return to seasonal temperatures in late August and September, and says the trend is likely to continue until August.

According to McDonald, BCWS’s focus is now on the northwestern corner of the state, which, like the rest of BC, has not received much rain and is seeing an “active start during a fire.”

BCWS said the first attack on groups responding to a fire in the southern two-thirds of the state is expected to succeed. Depending on the lightning forecast for the next few days for the northern regions.

“By the beginning of next week, there will be more chances of a limited rain in the northwest corner,” McDonald said.

According to Conroy, the slow start of the fire season allowed BCWS to send 113 people to support firefighting efforts in Yukon.

“Last year, during the worst and most challenging fires, we were grateful for the support of 917 out-of-state staff, including Yukon sources. So it is very important to support each other in times of crisis and we are proud to be able to do BC, ”said Conroy.

On Thursday, the Congolese government announced an additional $ 25 million in community support to reduce wildfires, according to the Forest Enrichment Association BC – an agency to help reduce the risk of wildfires and greenhouse gas emissions.

“Communities need all of our support, especially since the threat of wildfires is increasing,” she said, adding that she hopes a better wildfire this summer.

“As everyone in British Columbia knows, we are constantly confronted with one of the most difficult humanitarian situations we have ever seen in this state. That’s why funding for FBC is part of our recent budget to protect British Columbia from wildfires.

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