Kevin Skrepnek is the Fire Information Officer with the Provincial Wildlife Coordination Centre. He says the group is providing assistance to fire crews at the scene.
“At this time we’re assisting the fire department with an incident about 20 kilometres southeast of Dawson Creek, so we do have a response officer on site, and we are bringing in some air tankers as well.”
Skrepnek says that the weather has made things very sensitive when it comes to fires.
“We’re seeing some almost unprecedented hot and dry weather for this time of year, so we want people to be vigilant when they’re out in the back country. Any ignition at this point given the humidities we are seeing could start a wild fire,” he says. “That means being careful with fire use, but also recreation vehicles. The heat from the exhaust can be enough to start a wild fire.”
If anyone does come across a fire, they are asked to call 1-800-663-5555.