Fighting wildfires in this province has now cost taxpayers a whopping one hundred and thirty two million dollars so far this year.
The total number of fires burning right now is two hundred and nine and today alone, sixty new fires have been reported.
Chief fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek says if the activity continues at this rate we could hit about two thousand fires by the end of the season.
“Certainly in terms of the number of fires, the number of hectares we have responded to are higher than normal, both looking at where we were at this point last year, and looking at that ten year average.”
In the meantime, a new interface wildfire has sprung to life between the southern interior villages of Ashcroft and Logan Lake.
Carolyn Black with the Thompson Nicola Regional District says more than two dozen homes are under an evacuation alert, as the Coldstream Creek wildfire grows to 600 hectares.
“The evacuation alert has been issued for 24 properties in the vicinity of North Road and Landon Road, between Ashcroft and Logan Lake.”
The BC Wildfire Service says the fire is growing quickly and “exhibiting aggressive fire behaviour.”
The good news is, the long term forecast calls for cooler and unsettled weather.