What a difference a year makes. B.C.’s wildfire service says cool, wet weather has has left the provinces’s forests, and budget, in far better shape than during last year’s big burn.
“Fewer number of fires, but pretty much on average at this point for hectares burned.”
This, from Claire Allen, with the BC Wildfire service, who also says the 2016 season is bang on when it comes to the 10 year trend.
But it’s night and day from last year — with three quarters as many fires burning less than a third of the territory — meaning big savings.
“$86.7 million in terms of expenditure thus far this summer. Last year at this point, we would have been at $171.9 million.”
Allen says that’s cost the province about half of what was spent this time last year.
She says crews have been using the time to bulk up on training, but warns meteorologists are still predicting a hot August, meaning the worst may be yet to come.