There are currently close to 170 forest fires burning across the province as temperatures are expected to continue to soar during the weekend.
Most of BC is under an extreme fire rating, leading to a province wide campfire ban and and growing concern among fire officials.
BC’s Chief Fire Information Officer Kevin Skrepnek says with no rain expected in the future, crews are struggling to put out the fires.
“The number of fires we have responded to so far is higher than what we would usually see as an average for this time of year. And the fire danger rating being so high across such a large area of the province, is also a little ahead of schedule.”
Skrepnek says more than a few have been human caused.
“Any human caused fire is a preventable fire and we really want to emphasize that going into the next few days we just want to make sure that any preventable fire…we are doing all we can to make sure its not igniting.”
Since April 1st, there have been close to 800 fires across British Columbia.