Heavy smoke across the region grounded aircraft in the Cariboo Fire Centre Thursday morning, said information officer Robyn Clark.
“At this point we don’t know if the smoke will lift this afternoon and aircraft will be able to take off,” Clark told the Tribune.
“When there is heavy smoke like we are seeing it is a challenge.”
Provincial BC Wildfire information officer Ryan Turcott said it is the same story across many areas in the province where smoke has posed visibility issues.
“At a lot of the larger wildfires of note in the Northwest Fire Centre, we have experienced challenges hampering our air craft to have the ability to operate,” Turcott said.
Smoke conditions in the Kamloops Fire Centre continue to challenge #BCwildfire response. Reduced visibility inhibits the ability to detect new fires and restricts and limits the use of aircraft. The below photo is a satellite image from NASA Worldview of smoke across southern BC. pic.twitter.com/Dj2KbF4gDi
— BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) August 20, 2018
Temperatures in the Cariboo Fire Centre are expected to be warm; however, areas with heavy smoke may impact the actual temperatures on the ground.
A cold front is going to move through the fire centre Thursday evening, with some gusty winds and significantly cooler temperatures.
A through is expected on Thursday where there will be showers in the southern section of the fire centre.
On Saturday, the southeast and eastern portions of the fire centre are expected to see some precipitation.