B.C. Wildfire Service warns winds forecast for July 20-22 could whip up wildfires

The B.C. Wildfire Service said the forecast winds could "significantly impact fire growth." Winds gusting up to 50-70 km/h are forecast for the southeast.

The wildfire smoke obscures the mountains around Williamson's Lake around sunset on Thursday, July 15. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

The B.C. Wildfire Service has issued a wind advisory for the Interior, southern Interior, and southeastern B.C., warning that the wind activity “may significantly impact fire growth” in those regions.

“The rate of fire spread will likely increase, and the direction of fire growth may change quickly on some wildfires,” the B.C. Wildfire Service said in a July 20 statement.

This windy weather system is expected start on Tuesday, July 20 and exit the province late on Thursday, July 22.

In the Southeast Fire Centre, the wildfire service has made the following wind forecast:

-Wednesday, July 21: Beginning in the evening, gusting winds of 50 to 70 km/h.

-Thursday, July 22: Gusting winds of 50 to 70 km/h.

The wildfire service says its top priority is human life and safety. The public is urged to maintain heightened awareness of the current wildfire situation.

“People who remain in an area that is under an evacuation order may impede the ability of fire crews to fight a wildfire, because crews may be forced to stop fighting the fire to keep people out of harm’s way,” it stated. “People who decide to ‘wait and see’ if they need to evacuate an area may find their escape route blocked by fallen trees or abandoned vehicles, and familiar landmarks may be obscured by thick smoke.

What resources is government pointing towards after making this announcement?

Here is a list of resources the B.C. Wildfire provided when making this announcement.

The following resources provide timely and accurate information on active wildfires:

* BC Wildfire Service mobile app is available on:
* iOS: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bc-wildfire-service/id1477675008?ls=1&WT.cg_n=HootSuite (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bc-wildfire-service/id1477675008?ls=1&WT.cg_n=HootSuite)

* Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.bc.gov.WildfireInformation&hl=en&WT.cg_n=HootSuite (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.bc.gov.WildfireInformation&hl=en&WT.cg_n=HootSuite)

* B.C. Wildfire Dashboard: https://governmentofbc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/dashboards/f0ac328d88c74d07aa2ee385abe2a41b

* Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo?WT.cg_n=HootSuite

* Twitter: https://twitter.com/bcgovfireinfo?lang=en&WT.cg_n=HootSuite (https://twitter.com/bcgovfireinfo?lang=en&WT.cg_n=HootSuite)

* Evacuation orders and alerts: https://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/?WT.cg_n=HootSuite

* Road closures: http://www.drivebc.com

* Preparedness: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc/know-your-hazards/wildfires

Aaron Orlando is the Creative Director of revelstokemountaineer.com and Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine. He's worked in Revelstoke as a journalist and editor for the past 12 years. If you have news tips on Revelstoke news, events, outdoor life, and more, contact Aaron at aaron@revelstokemountaineer.com or call/text him at 250-814-8710.