Late-season wildfires are usually caused by people, B.C. officials say, urging public to be vigilant

By Chad Pawson
CBC News
September 1, 2023
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

As nights become longer and the heat of summer begins to ebb, so too does the threat of lightning sparking new wildfires. But that’s prompted the B.C. government to urge residents to take care not to extend what’s been a record-breaking fire season. Minister of Forests Bruce Ralston said that while most wildfires over the summer months are caused by lightning, the majority of fires that start in September or beyond are caused by people. …The warning comes amid encouraging news that two of the three wildfires that destroyed almost 200 homes around Okanagan Lake are now under control. …So far this wildfire season there have been 2,032 fires, with 417 currently active, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service (BCWS). Of the total, 1,458 were caused by lightning, 450 were caused by people and the other 124 have an unknown cause, the service says.

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