Wildfire costs hit more than 400 million dollars

By The Canadian Press
August 29, 2017 - 7:20am

VICTORIA —  The B-C Wildfire Service says the bill to fight forest fires so far this year has now topped 400-million dollars -- and spokesman Kevin Skrepnek says the season will likely extend into the fall.

     He says there is no end in sight to the hot and dry weather across southern B-C, and even if some unexpected and heavy rain arrives he predicts there will still be weeks of work ahead mopping up and extinguishing some of the massive blazes.

     As of yesterday, 138 wildfires are burning across the province, and 1,127 have been recorded since April 1st, destroying just over 10,600 square kilometres of timber, bush and grassland.

     About two-thousand people remain on evacuation order and another 11-thousand must be ready to leave their homes on short notice.

 

(The Canadian Press)

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