Aircraft has been grounded in the Cariboo Fire Centre due to heavy smoke. Angie Mindus photo

Heavy smoke grounds aircraft in Cariboo Fire Centre and other regions

Wildfire smoke continues to pose a problem for aircraft deployed in firefighting efforts

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.

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.

Read more: Cariboo communities socked in by wildfire smoke



news@wltribune.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Quesnel archers score three golds at 55+ games

Stu Murray won two golds and Al Fleck won one in Cranbrook last week

Quesnel’s Terry Fox Run raises over $20,000

Local event had decent turnout and stellar fundraising results

Ministry of Transportation to hold info session on West Fraser Road washout

The meeting will take place at Buckridge Community Hall on Sept. 20

Lindsay Woods is running for Quesnel City Council

Woods was born and raised in Quesnel, and moved back recently

Baezaeko Complex fires no longer Wildfires of Note

The BC Wildfire Service has downgraded all local fires and disbanded incident management team

B.C. tent city ‘devastated’ after flash flood

Maple Ridge mayor says that residents shouldn’t have to return to their flooded tents

Syrian family can, finally, feel safe after settling in B.C.

Anglican Church of the Holy Trinity White Rock meets sponsored family for the first time

1st private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests

The Big Falcon Rocket is scheduled to make the trip in 2023, SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced at an event Monday at its headquarters near Los Angeles.

‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Mrs. Maisel’ triumph at Emmys

In a ceremony that started out congratulating TV academy voters for the most historically diverse field of nominees yet, the early awards all went solely to whites.

Korean leaders meet in Pyongyang for potentially tough talks

South Korean President Moon Jae-in began his third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday.

Russia blames Israel for plane shot down by Syrian missile

A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was brought down over the Mediterranean Sea as it was returning to its home base inside Syria, killing all 15 people on board.

Vancouver park board passes motion to learn Indigenous place names

The name of Vancouver’s Stanley Park is now up for debate as the city’s park board confronts its colonial past and pursues reconciliation.

Champ golfer from Spain killed in Iowa; suspect charged

Police said Celia Barquin Arozamena was found dead Monday morning at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, about 30 miles north of Des Moines.

Trudeau upset after meeting with Saskatchewan chiefs

Trudeau is upset about how time was managed in a recent meeting

Most Read