B.C. Wildfire Service to test night-vision goggles near Penticton

A view of the Eagle Bluff wildfire, north of Oliver, B.C., in 2019, via night-vision goggles. B.C. Wildfire Service

By Doyle Potenteau Global News

The fire danger rating throughout most of British Columbia is currently rated at low or very low, but that isn’t stopping the provincial wildfire service from gearing up for what could be a busy July and August.

On Sunday, B.C. Wildfire announced that it will be conducting trials of night-vision goggles near Penticton on Monday and Tuesday to potentially assist with possible night-time firefighting operations.

“The trials will assess the viability of using night-vision goggles and helitankers to drop fire suppressant on wildland-urban interface fires at night,” said the wildfire service, adding the work will expand on night-vision goggle testing that was done in 2019.