BC Wildfire Service anticipating busy wildfire season, but not as extreme as record-breaking 2023

By Michael Potestio
Business in Vancouver
June 12, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The province is not expecting to see as extreme a wildfire season as last year, but there is still the potential for large fires, especially in the northeast and the Central Interior. “Continue to be vigilant and know that the province is doing everything we can to be prepared for another challenging fire season,” Matt McDonald, the BC Wildfire Service’s lead fire weather forecaster, said during a news conference on Wednesday afternoon. McDonald, as well as Forests Minister Bruce Ralston and Emergency Management and Climate Readiness Minister Bowinn Ma provided an update for the summer’s seasonal wildfire outlook on Wednesday. McDonald said 2024 could still be another challenging wildfire season for B.C. due to persistent drought, lack of snow and remaining holdover fires that, given a bit of warm weather and wind, can exhibit aggressive fire behaviour. …As of Wednesday, there are 108 wildfires burning across B.C., most of which are in the Prince George Fire Centre, Ralston said.

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