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Province warns of looming wildfire season as warm weather arrives

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As spring approaches and BC leaves its rainy season behind, the province is on the threshold of warm days that bring risk of wildfires with them.

BC’s interior has already been ravaged by two large wildfires and BC firefighters are helping out Albertans with a blaze in Banff. Light rains in BC’s interior this week came to the aid of forest firefighters but the worst is yet to come.

With the rising temperatures, this also means that BC is not out of the woods yet when it comes to flooding. 

According to the province, warming temperatures this weekend from May 12th to 14th are expected to progress the snow melt at higher elevations. This may put pressure on watersheds and increase the risk of wildfire.

As of May 8th, there are 62 active wildfires in the province, with two new fires over the past 48-hours. 

91% of these are under control or being held while only five active fires remain out of control.

So far, no fires have broken out on Vancouver Island and there are no fire bans in place on residents of the island.

For live, up to date wildfire and flood information, check BC’s interactive online Emergency Map.

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Curtis Blandy
curtis@victoriabuzz.com

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