Air Quality In The Peace Region Could Decrease With Controlled Burns

The B.C. Wildfire Service has released this photo of the Siphon Creek fire on May 6, 2016.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the BC Wildfire Service set to take advantage of improved conditions to continue their attack on four wildfires in the Peace region, one of their tactics could result in an decrease in air quality in the region.

The cooler temperatures and precipitation has enabled crews to establish fire control lines, and allowed them to get ready to conduct controlled burn operations to help fight these wildfires. The public may see increased smoke over the next couple of days as unburned fuel surrounding fire perimeters is burned to reduce the amount of available fuel to the fires.

While a Smoky Skies Advisory that was posted by the BC Ministry of Environment on Friday, May 6th was lifted at 8:15 Wednesday morning, Air Quality Meteorologist Gavin King said in a release that “there are still active wildfires in the region and as such elevated local smoke concentrations can occur.”

Ellie Dupont with the BC Wildfire Service spoke with Energeticcity.ca on Tuesday morning, and stressed that members of the public need to respect the exclusion zones around all wildfires in the region, especially as crews are anticipating conditions that will be favourable to controlled burn operations.