Temperatures on the rise could cause wildfire risk

Environment Canada Meteorologist said June will be dryer than usual

The heat isn’t expected to let up in the next couple weeks and Environment Canada meteorologists say the dryer than normal weather presents the possibility of a higher risk of wildfire in the Okanagan.

“May temperatures have almost broken record highs and the forecast is looking dry for June as well, which always causes concern for an increased wildfire risk,” said meteorologists Armel Castellan.

READ MORE: BC Wildfire: Two new fires sparked in Kamloops Fire Centre

He said June usually includes an upper cold low pressure system, but this year that doesn’t seem to be the case.

“We aren’t seeing a lot of precipitation in the upcoming summer months,” said Castellan.

Another red flag is the air quality index. It was at three on Thursday and expected to hit four today.

“That means infants and women who are pregnant should be performing less strenuous activities,” said Castellan.

READ MORE: Update: Small South Okanagan wildfire under control

The B.C. Wildfire Service shows the wildfire risk is expected to increase further in early June.

To report a wildfire or unattended campfire call 1-800-663-5555.


@LarynGilmour
laryn.gilmour@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Downtown Kelowna Library sponsors Sugarplum Ball

The Sugarplumball is part of the OUT in the Valley festival in November

Joe Rich firefighters raise thousands of dollars for food bank

Joe Rich firefighters out in full force last Sunday to raise money for 15th annual community food drive

Lake Country burglars on the loose after attempted robbery

Two masked individuals tried to empty the Turtle Bay Pub’s ATM on Monday morning

Canadian car crash victims to be honoured at Kelowna event

Not-for-profit “One Crash is Too Many” will be hosting event at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Orchard Parking Mall lot

Petition launched against location of new West Kelowna firehall

A Lakeview Heights resident has started an online petition

RCMP cut free activists chained to Kelowna bank, placed under arrest

The group is protesting Interior Savings Credit Union’s support of Kelowna Ribfest

Two-vehicle Okanagan crash ‘looks worse than it is’

Nobody injured in Vernon accident that happened just before 5 p.m. in middle of city

Kamloops woman sues Armstrong IPE for Slingshot mishap

Woman claims ride gone wrong caused injury, loss of wages and other damages

UPDATED: Vancouver Island’s Joe gets suspended sentence in Teddy the dog cruelty case

Melissa Tooshley expected in court on Thursday in same case

Alleged drunk driver survives crash into Kettle River

The crash happened Saturday near Grand Forks

Woman ‘horrified’ after being told to trek 200 kilometres home from Kamloops hospital

‘I can’t get from Kamloops back to 100 Mile House injured, confused… no shoes, no clothes whatsoever’

Canadian universities encourage exchange students in Hong Kong to head home

UBC said 11 of its 32 students completing programs in Hong Kong have already left

Inner Peace Movement comes to Kelowna

Philip Ponchet will give two talks on Nov. 26

Most Read