Wildfire season has already caused significant damage

By Black Press Editorial Board
Summerland Review
May 29, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Although it is still early in the fire season, wildfires are burning in parts of British Columbia. Figures from the BC Wildfire Service show wildfires have been reported in all parts of the province except the northwest. The majority are in the Prince George Fire Centre’s coverage area. The fire activity at this time of year is disturbing, especially when watching past fire statistics. …So far this year, more than 140,000 hectares have been destroyed by fire. This figure is far lower than 2023, 2018 or 2017. However, this is significantly greater than the amount of land burned during the entire fire season in 2022, and around 10 times the amount of land destroyed by wildfires in 2020. …This year, because of the level of wildfire activity this early in the fire season, there is cause for concern. …The 2024 wildfire season has started aggressively and it is possible this year will result in destruction similar to that seen in recent years.

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