B.C. Wildfires now Triple the Ten Year Average.
310,000 hectares burned. That's 200,000 hectares above the 10 year average for this point in the fire season.
Premier John Horgan has finally declared a state of emergency. Well, duh.Wildfire expert Mike Flannigan at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops said Wednesday he is "scared" of this season, not only in B.C., but across the western United States as well.
"We still have another six to seven weeks of fire activity ahead of us and there's no relief in sight," he said.
A stark warning from the B.C. Wildfire Service:
The Service says strong winds are predicted to come up from the U.S., fanning the flames in the province's Interior over the next 48 hours. No moisture is expected, and the southeast could see another batch of lightning that could ignite more fires.
Horgan chimes in, asking vacationers to pack up and go home if possible to make more room for wild fire evacuees:
"So if you're going to be travelling to those areas, check with the local providers, check with whoever you booked accommodation with, and see what advice they're giving you. In the end, people will make their choices. That's entirely up to them. There will be closures in the backcountry. There are now and there will be more coming as fires continue to ignite.
"We have a bad stretch of weather ahead of us. We have winds picking up. These are all bad, bad, bad news."