B.C. drought conditions expected to get worse: BC Wildfire Service

By Emily Marsten
Vancouver CityNews
July 5, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The BC Wildfire Service says drought conditions in the province are expected to get worse this summer as the weather continues to heat up. This week, temperatures in the Lower Mainland are expected to reach upward of the 30° C mark, with temperatures feeling like 35° in parts Wednesday. Unsurprisingly, the service notes that several regions in the province broke new records for “their driest Junes.” “Average temperatures were one-to-two degrees warmer than normal for the Interior of B.C., while coastal conditions were close to average,” the service says. “Not only was it warm, but it was dry,” Matt MacDonald, the lead forecaster with the BC Wildfire Service, added. …It’s unlikely that people will be able to have an open campfire anytime soon, as the service adds more widespread fire prohibitions will be coming. There are various bans in place, including a campfire ban that covers most of the Coastal Fire Centre.

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