Fall’s cold arrival hasn’t shaken off the impact of B.C.’s months-long drought

By Nono Shen
CBC News
October 24, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…An atmospheric river brought much-needed rain to parts of southern B.C. last week, and seasonal cool weather has also arrived, along with some early snow. Prince George has dropped to below-freezing temperatures, and snow has been falling further north. As drought dries up B.C. rivers, conservationists turn to beavers for help But experts say the province has yet to escape the repercussions of hot, dry weather in spring, summer and fall. …The B.C. Wildfire Service says about 280 active wildfires are still burning across the province. Karley Desrosiers, an information officer with the service said the extended drought would probably see some large fires smoulder underground until more rain eventually puts them out. Desrosiers said in Prince George and further north, it will take longer for fires to be fully extinguished because the layer of fuel between the surface and mineral soil can be thicker there.

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