NEWS RELEASE · 5th May 2010
Northwest Fire Centre
There are currently no fires of note in the Northwest Fire Centre.
Since April 1, the Northwest Fire Centre has responded to 12 fires which have burned a total of 44 hectares.
All of the fires that the Northwest Fire Centre has responded to this year have been
Environment Canada has forecasted a warmer and drier normal Spring. The top graph shows that from April to June the weather is expected to be above normal in terms of temperature, and the graph below shows that most of BC is expected to have below normal precipitation.
Although weather can only be accurately predicted a few days in advance, drought codes and snow pack levels are two indications that point to what type of spring the Fire Centre is likely to see.
At the beginning of April for instance, the Drought Codes within the Northwest Fire Centre were significantly above average at four out of five measured stations. At many of the stations they were triple what they were the previous year.
When measuring the snowpack levels across the region, the Skeena/Nass river basins show as very dry. In some areas down to 45% of what is normal.
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