Not any more

Extreme forest fire danger now covers 70 per cent of B.C.

In Canada on August 16, 2010 at 18:53

VANCOUVER — Hot, dry conditions continue to fuel forest fires across British Columbia, provincial fire information officer Alyson Crouch said Monday.

Two hundred and seventy-six fires are burning in B.C., although "it’s changing by the minute," Crouch said.

Weather conditions have increased the fire danger rating to extreme for 70 per cent of the province, with the Cariboo region suffering from "particularly challenging" fire conditions, she said.

Fires of note in the region include the Pelican Lake complex fire, which has burnt 22,000 hectares of forest, and the Meldrum Creek fire, which has destroyed 39,000 hectares. An evacuation order is in place for residents in both areas.

"There hasn’t been any containment on most of these fires," she said, regarding the Cariboo region.

Even though temperatures are expected to drop by 10 degrees on Wednesday, fire danger will remain high, Crouch said. Despite the cool down, the forecast does not call for rain.

"We’re taking it day by day," she said.

Three new fires were reported Monday.

This season, 175,807 hectares of forest have burned.

The provincial government has spent $117 million fighting forest fires so far this year.

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