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57 new wildfires over the weekend

57 new wildfires over the weekend

The B.C. Wildfire Service says 21 new wildfires were sparked yesterday across B.C., and 36 broke out on Saturday, offering fiery proof of the parched state of the province’s woodlands.

There are over 200 active wildfires currently burning, province-wide.

Forests Minister Steve Thomson says the province has already spent $80-million fighting fires in a season that’s begun much earlier than usual — but he says it will spend whatever is needed.

Olivia Pojar is with the Northwest Fire Centre, she says there are several wildfires burning in the region, though they’re in remote regions.

There was a wildfire in Port Edward, just outside of Prince Rupert, but  has now been contained.

Pojar says the weather forecast continues to call for hot dry conditions.

Conditions have been so dry that a total ban on open burning was imposed Friday.

As well, strict measures to conserve water are now in place across most of Vancouver Island and the South Coast.

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