A map of the level of fire danger across Canada. B.C. and parts of Alberta show a very high to extreme level of danger. (Natural Resources Canada)

While the wildfires in B.C. forced the government to declare a provincial state of emergency this week, information from Natural Resources Canada shows just how widespread the danger of fire actually is.

The Canadian Wildland Fire Information System collects information on daily weather conditions across the country to produce fire weather and fire behaviour maps.

An interactive map of the country’s fire danger shows the majority of B.C. is at a high to extreme level of risk.

(Natural Resources Canada)

Most of the high-risk areas are in the northern and interior parts of the province, though the majority of Vancouver Island and parts of the mainland also show similar levels.

The findings correlate to some extent with the locations of several active wildfires, based on BC Wildfire Service’s own map of the province.

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A map of the active wildfires in B.C. as of August 17, 2018. (BC Wildfire Service)

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