The Southeast Fire Centre believes overwintering fires are not a concern in the East Kootenay.
This after the BC Government issued a warning that last year’s wildfires could still be burning deep underground and emerge around the Province.
An overwintering fire is possible in areas where intense wildfires occurred, but Information Officer Claire Allen says this is more of a concern near Kamloops or the Cariboo region.
“The Southeast Fire Centre which encompasses the East Kootenay region has above average snowfall and loads. In some cases, up to 160 per cent of their average snowfall,” Allen says. “Some of the sites that actually had wildfires last season are actually still under snow and the East Kootenay region is not experiencing the same drought like conditions.”
Allen says while we saw large wildfires near Moyie and Elkford, she doesn’t expect them to reignite with the current conditions.
“Certainly, we will be monitoring all past wildfire areas, but not as much of a concern, given that the East Kootenay did have quite a bit of snow and are not experiencing the same droughts that we are in other areas of the Province,” Allen says.
Allen expects a full reset on the East Kootenay landscape this summer, with plenty of snow bringing moisture to all areas.
– Fire Information Officer Claire Allen