Level 2 Drought

Not a lot of snow and a hot, dry spring have created conditions for a possible drought this summer in the Okanagan. 

Dave Campbell, head of the BC River Forecast Centre says it's a good time to begin conserving water.

Campbell says, "The concern really is even though we are at Level 2 in the Okanagan things are rapidly changing and we're into the point now where we're seeing a much lower flow that we would normally see at this time of year."

Campbell says prolonged rain could change things - but it's looking pretty dry for the next 10 days.  Other parts of BC have already hit Level 3.

Despite wet conditions last spring, more than 2,100 wildfires burned 13-thousand square kilometres of land in 2018 -- and May and June this year have been unseasonably dry. Marla Catherall with the B.C Wildfire Service reminds us that fire bans begin Wednesday at noon in the Kamloops Fire Centre region which includes Category 2 and 3 open fires.  Also banned are stubble and grass fires, fireworks, sky lanterns, tiki torches, and burn barrels.

She says that you can still have a small campfire for now. The Fire Centre has waited until early July to ban campfires the past two years.