B.C. wildfire starts cool in ‘strange’ season, but remain vigilant, say officials – CBC

Only 591 wildfires 2016 season compared to about 1300 this time last year – Photos: © Teamwork Media TV Inc.

The number of wildfires sparked this year in B.C. is far below the number by this time last summer, but fire officials are warning people to remain vigilant — there’s a hot dry stretch ahead.

A wildfire burned on the north shore of the Kootenay River outside Nelson in 2015. The fire could easily be seen from the small B.C. town. Teamwork Media TV Inc. Photo for CBC TV
A wildfire burned on the north shore of the Kootenay River outside Nelson in 2015. The fire could easily be seen from the small B.C. town. Teamwork Media TV Inc. Photo for CBC TV

“It’s given us a chance to catch our breath, catch up on training, on project work, a lot of things we could be doing outside of fire response mode,” said Kevin Skrepnek, the province’s chief fire information officer.

“But given the weather forecast, we’re preparing, ready to be at full tilt once we see those fires pop up,” he said.

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