Wet weather cools off fire situation

Blue River received 52 mm of rain over the weekend, while Harbour Lake (near Tum Tum Lake) received 46 mm

Downpours of rain last weekend means the forest fire situation is now quiet in the Clearwater Fire Zone, according to forest protection assistant Richard Swift.

Blue River received 52 mm of rain over the weekend, while Harbour Lake (near Tum Tum Lake) received 46 mm.

Up until the weekend the area north of Avola had been the drier portion of the fire zone, but not any longer.

Rainfall in the Clearwater/Wells Gray/ Coldscaur Lake area ranged between 10 to 15 mm.

This is less than in the northern portion of the fire zone, but not of much concern as the southern portion has been receiving rain off and on for a few weeks.

There is still a possibility of fire starts in the southern portion, however, Swift said.

Considering the weather, he did not consider it likely that there would be any change in the campfire and open burning situations.

Campfires (less than .5 m by .5 m) are presently permitted within the Clearwater Fire Zone. Larger fires are still banned.

The forest protection assistant noted that the members of Clearwater Fire Zone’s firefighting crews will be returning to their post-secondary educations as of the end of this month.

 

The fire zone has other resources it can call on, if needed, he said.