UPPER HALFWAY, B.C. – A wildfire near Halfway River First Nation that started Thursday is suspected to be human caused.
The fire started around 5:50 a.m. on Thursday around the 21 km mark on Upper Halfway Road between the First Nation and Wonowon.
As of Thursday, the risk of wildfires in Northeast BC. is mainly “moderate,” with some areas rated “high,” according to the BC Wildfire Service’s fire danger rating.
There have been 142 wildfires across the province so far this season, with five this week.
In a wildfire forecast update Friday, Matt MacDonald, with BC Wildfire Service, says cooler temperatures, spring rains and fewer lightning strikes are contributing to a slower-than-normal start to the wildfire season in the province.
He says cool, wet weather is expected through June, but warmer-than-normal temperatures are coming in late July and will continue through August, raising the wildfire threat.
Forests Minister Katrine Conroy says despite current low fire hazard forecasts, BC made the largest investment in its history this year at $359 million to prepare and protect people and communities from wildfires.