The Cariboo Fire Centre is one of six wildland fire centres operated by the B.C. Forest Service's Wildfire Management Branch. The Cariboo Fire Centre, headquartered in Williams Lake, is the fire dispatch and operational centre for wildland fire fighting in Central B.C.
The Cariboo Fire Centre covers an area of about 10.3 million hectares, stretching from Clinton, north to the Cottonwood River, east to Wells Gray Provincial Park, and west to Tweedsmuir Provincial Park.
The Cariboo Fire Centre is divided into two main climatic belts: the western dry belt and the eastern wet belt. The dry belt ranges from sagebrush with lone Douglas Firs to thinly grassed meadows to well-spaced lodgepole pine, Douglas Fir and Spruce. The eastern wet belt has extensive cedar, hemlock, spruce and balsam. Between these two areas there is a transition zone, roughly between the Fraser and Highway 97. This area has similar vegetation in the valleys to the adjoining part of the Kamloops Region, with well-spaced Douglas fir and some areas of ponderosa pine, with some open grass areas. This area has a milder climate due to the more southerly latitude and lower elevations in the deeper valley bottoms.
The Centre is divided in to three zones: Cariboo Chilcotin, Quesnel, and 100 Mile House. The Fire centre employs 23 permanent staff and approximately 158 seasonal staff. Of the highly trained seasonal firefighters there are 12 three-person Initial Attack crews and four 20-person Unit Crews. Read more about our types of crews here.