2017 Fire Season May Be One of the Worst in Recent Years
Prince George, B.C. – There is no doubt about it, 2017 is turning out to be one of the worst fire seasons in the past decade.
According to the B.C. Wildfire Service, as of yesterday, there had been 657 fires in B.C. since April 1st of this year. Those fires have already consumed 188,928 hectares, and the B.C. fire season has not yet reached its peak.
Here’s how the first three and a half months of the 2017 fire season compare to previous years, keep in mind, with the exception of the 2017 season, the figures for previous years are for the FULL fire season in each of the noted years:
2017 657 fires 188,928 hectares burned
2016 1,050 fires 100,366 hectares burned
2015 1,858 fires 280,605 hectares burned
2014 1,481 fires 369,168 hectares burned
2013 1,861 fires 18,298 hectares burned
2012 1,649 fires 102,122 hectares burned
Over a ten year period, (2007 through to and including 2016) the average number of fires per season is 1,689 and the average number of hectares burned is 151,041.