It’s the middle of winter, and more than 100 wildfires are still smouldering

By Benjamin Shingler
CBC News
February 21, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

There are still 92 active fires in British Columbia and another 54 in Alberta — holdovers from last year — according to the latest figures from the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre. Others are also active in the Northwest Territories, experts said. …”A lot of people talk about fire season and the end of the fire season, but our fires did not stop burning in 2023,” said Leverkus at the University of Alberta. …Last summer’s record-setting wildfire season, coupled with the drought-like conditions that persist in parts of British Columbia and Alberta, have made the situation this winter more worrisome, said Mike Flannigan at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, B.C. …Jennifer Baltzer, at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, says… The conditions in the coming months will go a long way in determining whether this will lead to another early start and major year for wildfires. Flannigan said there is a high likelihood of a very active spring.”

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