BC Wildfire Season On Par with Last Year
This despite the fact the year got off to an early May start with the Little Bobtail Lake fire southwest of Prince George.
According to Ryan Turcot, provincial fire information officer with the BC Wildfire Service, over $261.5 million has been spent this year, just a fraction below the roughly $270 million spent at this time last year (both well above the 10 year average of $145.5 million).
And in terms of hectares burned, he says 2015 is now just below where we were at this time last year.
“To date, we’ve seen just over 297,000 hectares burned this year. At this time last year we had seen just over 338,000 hectares burned.”
(The 10 year average is just under 115,000 hectares burned).
And with 127 fires still burning province wide, he says the season is far from over.
“We are expecting a return to seasonal temperatures, a bit warmer and dry conditions,” says Turcot. “I don’t think we’ll see another spike in activity like we have earlier this year but the season certainly isn’t over yet.”