B.C. having its worst fire season on record

August 17, 2017

By: The Working Forest Staff

It’s official. The area burned in wildfires this season surpasses the previous record of 855,000 ha. An estimated 894,941 hectares of land has been burned in B.C. since April 1, 2017, Wildfire Service information officer Kevin Skrepnek told CBC News. CBC also reports that so far this year, $315.7 million has been spent fighting the wildfires.

The good news is that fewer people are on evacuation order and there have been no new road closures in recent days.

Chris Duffy, executive director of operations at Emergency Management BC, emphasized that the fire risk remains high and that the public should remain vigilant.

Read the full CBC story here.

Your comments.

  1. George Delisle says:

    Maybe it is time that we ask what has changed in the way we fight fires over the last 30 years? Why are we losing control of so many fires?
    Blaming climate change and Smokey the bear on the problem is not an acceptable excuse. Why do we not have crews starting at 5:00 AM instead of 9:00 AM? We lose 4 hours of the best fire fighting time in the morning. Some crews do start early but the practice is not standard fare. Some crews will accept local knowledge while others will not. There is a certain amount of “Silo Thinking” that goes on that is not healthy for good working relations with everyone involved. We are all in this together and we all need to work together to address the problem before it bankrupts the province. Cheers George Delisle

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