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River Forecast Centre concerned about wildfire impact on spring melt

River Forecast Centre concerned about wildfire impact on spring melt

The BC River Forecast Centre is concerned about the impact last year’s wildfire season could have on this year’s spring melt.

Hydrologist Jonathan Boyd says fire-scorched watersheds, including the Cariboo-Chilcotin, tend to see greater and peak water flows earlier.

Boyd says the fire damage combined with above average snowpack levels could impact rivers and streams in the Cariboo-Chilcotin.

While many watersheds have above average snowpacks this year, the Skeena-Nass is sitting at 89 percent of normal.

Boyd says the only areas of concern could be the Bulkley River, as he feels the snowpack in the Smithers area might be under represented in the snowpack readings.

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