Wildfires continue to burn

Provincial firefighting crews are continuing to battle wildfires throughout the province.

Provincial firefighting crews are continuing to battle wildfires throughout the province.

So far this year, a total of 1,338 wildfires, 10 hectares or larger, have been recorded provincewide. The fires have covered 297,604 hectares.

In the Kamloops Fire Centre’s coverage area, which includes the South Okanagan, 304 wildfires have been reported this year, covering 4,867 hectares. At present, there are 11 active wildfires in this region.

Over the past 10 years, there have been an average of 1,847 wildfires provincewide. Of these, 38.5 per cent have been caused by human activity, while 61.5 per cent have been caused by lightning.

 

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