Wind fans fire worries

Mother Nature simply refuses to co-operate with firefighters.

A cold front bringing strong and shifting winds is expected to move into the Cariboo Fire Centre today and persist into Sunday.

There is also a risk of lightning, and winds could gust up to 60 kilometres per hour in unpredictable directions.

Given the current wildfire situation throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre, the BC Wildfire Service anticipates the weather system will lead to a substantial increase in wildfire activity throughout the region.

The wind could cause existing fires to grow significantly and any new fires may burn aggressively and spread quickly. Firefighting crews have spent the last few days preparing for these expected conditions, but containment efforts will be challenged by gusty winds.

Although precipitation is expected in the Cariboo Fire Centre over the next couple of days, the amount of rainfall will vary by region. Rain can help decrease fire behaviour temporarily, but its benefits can be short-lived if hot and windy conditions return.

The BC Wildfire Service's priorities in the Cariboo Fire Centre over the weekend are ensuring the safety of first responders and the public, protecting transportation corridors and conducting aggressive initial attacks on any new fires that start.

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