2015 is on track to be one of the top three worst fire seasons in BC’s history.
“We’ve had 1609 fires since April 1st burning an estimated 291,000 hectares. Cost to date a little over $200 million.”
That’s Chief Fire Information Officer Kevin Skrepnek on the season to date.
Those numbers put us ahead of last year — until now — the third worst on record.
By this point last year — 279, 000 hectares had been torched — at a cost of $196 million dollars.
At the end of last year’s wildfire season, 316,000 hectares were burned.
The good news? The weather is improving — with less wind and lightning forecast for the days ahead.
“Settling into a much calmer weather pattern. I would characterize it as being kind of normal for this time of year. We’re not seeing a whole lot on the horizon right now in terms of real concern from a fire weather perspective, in the sense of new fires. Lightning, gusty winds, things like that.”
But he warns as long as it stays dry — the situation is volatile.
Skrepnek says there are currently 222 fires burning across the province — 44 of then new overnight.