‘Delayed start’ on the fire season
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British Columbia’s cool spring has delayed the start of the fire season in the province, according to the head of the BC Wildfire Service.
“We are seeing a kind of delayed start to what would typically be the start of the fire season the first week of July,” Brent Martin, BCWS deputy director, said Friday at a news conference.
“We really haven’t gotten into the conditions yet that would promote serious fire when we start going into the beginning of this particular time period.”
Martin said there are some areas of concern in Okanagan and Cariboo, but nothing “abnormally dry.”
He said he expects longer days and higher temperatures will see the hazard assessment rise in the coming weeks.
“We expect to begin to see a kind of slow escalation and build-up of hazards and a general increase in fire activity as we move into the months of July and August as one might expect,” Martin said.
Year to date, the BC Wildfire Service has recorded 167 forest fires in the province, well shy of the 10-year average of 319 this time.