2017 is officially the worst fire season in BC history.
According the the BC Wildfire Services, updated aerial surveys have concluded an estimated 894,491 hectares have been burnt since April first, and with weeks remaining in the fire season, undoubtedly this year has been the worst recorded.
Previously 1958 was the worst season, burning an estimated 855,000 hectares throughout the fire season.
Kevin Skrepnec, of the BC Wildfire Service, says this year has been unprecedented.
Currently, 149 fires are burning, with 9 new fires yesterday (Tuesday). There have been a total of 1029 fires this year, which around the average final number of fire throughout the past several year, but the fires this year are much larger and aggressive.
In the span of 24 hours, over 200 fires sparked, forcing the province to declare a state of emergency, which has been expanded twice and is still in effect until end of day August 18th.
The cost for just wildfire response this year is already at $315.7 Million and currently 3,900 personnel- including 756 from out of province and internationally as well as 1,500 contract workers- are helping wildfire suppression efforts.