Latest Fire Situation BC

Latest Fire Situation 2017-07-16 PDF

Latest Fire Situation – BC

Updated July 16, 2017 at 18:00 pm PDT

Provincial Situation

The fire danger rating remains high to extreme throughout much of southern and central BC. The fire danger rating is updated daily here: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status/fire-danger

The most recent map available is from Sunday July 16, 2017:

This map shows that extremely dangerous conditions for wildfire persist throughout southern BC.

The Current Wildfire Situation, as provided on the Government website (http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status/wildfire-situation ) is as follows. Please note that these numbers are unofficial. They may not reflect new fires and will not reflect fires less than 0.01 ha in size. If you are being briefed by officials, they will provide you with the most accurate figures.

There are currently 123 active wildfires larger than 0.01 ha throughout the province. 18 of these are interface fires.

In the Cariboo Fire Centre there are 51 active wildfires larger than 0.01 ha. 11 of these are interface fires.

In the Coastal Fire Centre there are 5 active wildfires larger than 0.01 ha. 0 of these are interface fires.

In the Kamloops Fire Centre there are 21 active wildfires larger than 0.01 ha. 6 of these are interface fires.

In the Northwest Fire Centre there are 5 active wildfires larger than 0.01 ha. 0 of these are interface fires.

In the Prince George Fire Centre there are 25 active wildfires larger than 0.01 ha. 1 of these is an interface fire.

In the Southeast Fire Centre there are 16 active wildfires larger than 0.01 ha. 0 of these are interface fires.

Wildfires of Note are wildfires that are highly visible or that pose a potential threat to public safety. There are currently 22 Wildfires of Note. You can get the latest information on these fires here: http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp

Wildfires of Note are currently as follows:

Cariboo Fire Centre

  • 150 Mile House Fire
  • Castle Rock/Twan Lake Complex
  • Chezacut Complex
  • Green Mountain
  • Gustafsen wildfire
  • Hanceville fires
  • Hawkes Creek
  • Kleena Kleene Complex
  • Riske Creek
  • Soda Creek Fire
  • Spokin Lake Rd
  • Tautri Complex
  • West Fraser Road Complex
  • White Lake
  • Wildwood Fire

Coastal Fire Centre

  • Harrison Lake East
  • Precipice Creek (Stillwater Lake/Hotnarko)

Prince George Fire Centre

  • 5 W of Tetelkuz Lake
  • Big Bend Creek
  • Grizzly Lake REMOVED
  • Sutherland Road

Kamloops Fire Centre

  • 10 km NE of Princeton
  • Ashcroft Reserve
  • Dunn Lake
  • Okanagan Center NEW
  • Thuya Lake Road

 

A map showing all active wildfires in BC can be found here: http://apps.gov.bc.ca/pub/dmf-viewer/?siteid=5131184402955244847

A map showing approximate size/shape of the fires can be found here (but note that these shapes are quickly out of date as fires grow, can be difficult to map because of smoke, and can be difficult to post because of competing priorities): https://catalogue.data.gov.bc.ca/dataset/fire-perimeters-current

Evacuations

A summary of all evacuation alerts and orders can be found here: https://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/

Cariboo Region

An updated map of evacuation alerts and orders for this region can be found here: https://cariboo.maps.arcgis.com/apps/PublicInformation/index.html?appid=3005015ceaf0432eb72cb2d2e8c8e399 and a list of the most recent evacuation orders and alerts can be found here: http://www.cariboord.bc.ca/services/emergency-and-protective-services/emergency-operations-centre-eoc

Evacuation Orders:

 

Evacuation Alerts

Thompson-Nicola

Evacuation orders and alerts can be found here for Ashcroft/Cache Creek: http://tnrd.ca/content/ashcroft-cache-creek-fires

Evacuation Orders:

  • July 15. East Clinton Evacuation Order NEW
  • July 14. Loon Lake Evacuation Order
  • July 9. Electoral Area “I” Evacuation Order Extended
  • July 8. North of Scottie Creek/Hihium lake Evacuation Order
  • July 8. North of Cache Creek – Area “E”
  • July 8. North of Cache Creek – Area “I”
  • July 7. Village of Cache Creek
  • July 7. Area “I” Evacuation Order

Evacuation Alerts

  • July 15. Green Lake South Evacuation Alert NEW
  • July 14. Village of Clinton Evacuation Alert
  • July 14. South of Clinton Evacuation Alert
  • July 10. Electoral Areas “E”, “I”, “J” and Cache Creek area Evacuation Alert
  • July 8. Loon Lake area Evacuation Alert – Area “E”

 

Evacuation orders and alerts for Dunn Lake, Little Fort and Hallamore Lake can be found here: http://tnrd.ca/content/little-fort-area

Evacuation Orders:

Evacuation Alerts

  • July 15. Little Fort South Evacuation Alert NEW
  • July 15. Clearwater South Evacuation Alert NEW
  • July 15. Village of Clearwater Evacuation Alert NEW
  • July 11. Little Fort Evacuation Order rescinded and downgraded to Evacuation Alert
  • July 11. Hallamore Lake Evacuation Order partially rescinded: portion of area downgraded to an evacuation alert, while the rest remains on an evacuation order
  • July 8. Hallamore Lake Evacuation Alert
  • July 7. Little Fort Evacuation Alert

 

Okanagan-Similkameen

Evacuation Orders and Alerts are in place north of Princeton. More information can be found here: http://www.rdos.bc.ca/news-events/eoc/current-eoc/

 

Bulkley-Nechako

 

Central Coast

July 11. An evacuation order is in place for Tote Rd and Precipice Area. http://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/evacuation-order-tote-rd-precipice-area-central-coast-regional-district-july-11-2017/

 

Central Okanagan NEW

July 15. Evacuation Order and Alert for Okanagan Centre area of Lake Country. https://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/evacuation-order-alert-okanagan-centre-area-of-lake-country-issued-by-central-okanagan-regional-district/

Weather Forecast

Cariboo Region

A forecasted mix of showers, thunderstorms and gusty winds tonight throughout the region makes it difficult to predict whether things will get worse or better. Weather is expected to return to warm and dry conditions with a chance of showers in the forecast for Friday in the Central and North parts of the region. Any relief that such showers could bring will probably be short lived as Saturday is expected to return to sunny conditions.

Thompson-Nicola

Conditions continue to be hot and dry through until Wednesday. There is a chance of showers forecast for Thursday (plus Friday in the northern part of the region), which could offer some relief if it is not accompanied by wind or lightning. However, any relief would be short-lived as hot, dry conditions are forecast to return Friday in most places.

Okanagan-Similkameen

As with the Thompson-Nicola, conditions continue to be hot and dry through until Wednesday. There is a chance of showers forecast for Thursday, which could offer some relief if it is not accompanied by wind or lightning. However, any relief would be short-lived as hot, dry conditions are forecast to return Friday.

Provincial Fire Weather Maps

Updated Fire Weather maps can be found here: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status/fire-danger/fire-weather/weather-maps

Air Quality

The Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) can be found here: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/bcairquality/readings/aqhi-table.xml

Air quality forecasts have degenerated since yesterday.

Health risk is expected to remain high in Williams Lake and Kamloops today and tomorrow. Health risk is expected to be moderate today and tomorrow in Quesnel, Fort St John, Prince George, and throughout the Okanagan.

Risk is low everywhere else.

Smoke forecasts for Western Canada can be found here: http://firesmoke.ca/forecasts/viewer/run/ops/BSC-WC-01/current/

Highway Closures

Highway conditions and closures can be accessed here: http://drivebc.ca/mobile/events/index.html

Current fire related closures are as follows:

  • Highway 1 from Ashcroft to Cache Creek is closed in both directions. No estimated time of opening.
  • Highway 1 10 km west of Cache Creek to 5 km east of Cache Creek closed in both directions. No estimated time of opening.
  • Highway 1 westbound 4 km west of Savona is closed for all traffic destined for Cache Creek. Detour not available. No estimated time of opening.
  • Highway 20 open to eastbound traffic only, closed to westbound traffic at the Sheep Creek/Chilcotin Bridge, 25 km west of Williams lake to 5 km west of Alexis Creek. No detour available.
  • Highway 24 closed at Horse Lake Road for west bound traffic destined for 100 Mile House. Highway 24 open at Horse Lake Road for west bound traffic destined for Clinton.
  • Highway 5A closed in both directions at junction with Highway 3 from Princeton to 29 kms north of Princeton at Allison Lake Provincial Park. Detour not available. Alternate route: Hwy 3, Hwy 97 and Hwy 97C. No estimated time of opening.
  • Highway 97 closed in both directions from junction of Highway 1 in Cache Creek to Clinton. No detour available. No access to Highway 99. No estimated time of opening.
  • Highway 97 closed in both directions at Canim Hendrix intersection (2 km north of 100 Mile House) to Timothy Lake Road junction (25 km north of 100 Mile House). No alternate route.
  • Highway 97 is open to northbound traffic from Williams Lake and closed southbound 15 km between 25 km south of Quesnel and McLeese Lake. No estimated time of opening. NEW
  • Highway 97 south from Williams Lake to Highway 24 is open for evacuation purposes only. Highway 24 to Little Fort, then Highway 5 south to Kamloops. NEW
  • Highway 97 is closed in both directions from Williams Lake to McLeese Lake (21 km). NEW
  • Highway 99 at Highway 12 is open to local traffic only to the Hat Creek Junction, and closed from the Hat Creek Junction to Highway 97. No estimated time of opening.
  • Likely Road closed in both directions from 150 Mile House to Junction with Horsefly Road. Detour from the Likely-Horsefly Junction to Beaver Lake Road and then to Hwy 97N. No estimated time of opening.

BC Ferries is now providing complimentary prearranged travel support for people evacuating the wildfires in the BC Interior. Evacuees from officially evacuated areas are asked to call 1-888-BCFERRY (1-888-223-3779) to secure their booking.

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