News

Unclear whether rain will help Smith Creek fire crews

Crews continuing to battle back the Smith Creek wildfire are waiting to see how Mother Nature will intervene.

Environment Canada has forecast a potential rainfall of 25 to 50 mm with thunderstorms Wednesday through Thursday.

"An area of low pressure crossing the British Columbia Interior will produce heavy showers with embedded thunderstorms beginning Wednesday," said meteorologist Doug Lundquist.

The ministry of forests' fire behaviour analyst has looked at that forecast, and has presented two potential scenarios, said fire information officer Kelsey Winter.

"It depends on how those two inches of rain fall," she said.

"If it drizzles, it will be absorbed by the fire. If it comes down all at once, there's the potential for soil erosion."

While the potential for erosion is there, Winter said it's not really expected to materialize. More than likely, the water will simply take over for crews who remain in the line of fire and they'll be pulled out for their own well-being.

"If there's thunder and erratic winds then it's  not safe to have crews on the slope in that weather," said Winter.

Once the rain has abated, troublesome conditions are expected to return.

"We're expecting seven to ten days of really dry and really hot weather," said Winter. "We're not out of the woods yet."

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

ELECTION 2014: West Kelowna mayoral candidate wants to increase voter turnout
 
VIDEO: Witnesses describe scene at Parliament Hill; Raw footage of Ottawa shootings
 
Shootout suspects receive different sentences
John York running for Cranbrook mayor
 
Debate night in Castlegar
 
Kist resigns as Pacific NorthWest LNG president; Progress Energy CEO acting president
Wet alert at Castlegar institution
 
School District shifts major asset
 
Austin endorses Cullen

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 24 edition online now. Browse the archives.