Friday, August 06, 2010

Forest fires smoke out Prince George on Thursday evening

There was lots of smoke in the air, but no blazes to report for residents of Prince George on Thursday night.

The Prince George on line news portal Opinion 250 has provided some interesting pictures of Northern BC's largest community wrapped in a blanket of smoke last night.

View photos here and here.

At times during the evening Prince George residents thought that perhaps forests within the vicinity of the city had caught fire, however that is not the case.

The drifting smoke which arrived over that city around the dinner time, had blown northward from the number of fires currently burning through the Cariboo Forest region, where wildfires have forced evacuations of isolated communities and closed a number of forest service roads while crews battle the flames.

The smoke has also raised concern for those with underlying health concerns, those with conditions that are considered high risk have been advised to take a number of precautions during this period.

At last count there were over 400 forest fires burning across the province, bringing resources and forest fire fighters from across the country to the province to lend a hand.

Prince George Citizen-- Pall falls over Prince George
Prince George Free Press-- Lots of smoke, no fires in city
Quesnel Cariboo Observer--  Cariboo wildfires worst in province'
Williams Lake Tribune-- RCMP advise motorists to avoid Highway 20 due to smoke
Williams Lake Tribune--Some progress made on fires 
CBC News-- Forest fire smoke blankets B.C. community

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