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2017 now 2nd worst fire season in BC history
Photo from July 2017 wildfire shows a burned power pole and a charred landscape with smoky haze in the background. Courtesy of BC Hydro.

2017 now 2nd worst fire season in BC history

This wildfire season has now surpassed and become the second worst in BC history with 491,782 hectares burnt and there is still the whole month of August to go.

The worst season was in 1958 with 855,968 hectares of forest burnt and this season just passed 1961 when there was 483,097 hectares burnt.

There are currently 126 fires burning throughout the province, with 8 new fires starting yesterday. Crews from the throughout Canada, Mexico and the United Stated have come to the province to help, along with Australia and New Zealand wildfire crews whom are currently on their way.

Although this may not be the largest, or most expensive, Kevin Skrepnec of the BC Wildfire Service says 2017 has shaped up to be an intense fire season.

August typically is one of the busiest months for fire suppression efforts meaning it could get worse before it gets better, according to Skrepnec.

Officials are urging residents to be aware of fire danger this long weekend. Stay vigilant, obeying the fire ban, be extra cautious and act responsibly no matter where you are throughout the province.

Hot and dry conditions will continue throughout the south, with winds and continuing mid-30’s temperatures. There is a risk for lightning in the forecast, but crews will continue to monitor the weather. No major wind events are predicted.

Emergency services will remain activated in Prince George, Kamloops and Nelson. 23 evacuation orders and 40 alerts still remain in place throughout the weekend with 6,700 people still displaced from their homes.

 

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