2017 wildfire season most expensive in recent memory

By Vanessa Ybarra
October 4, 2017 - 2:39pm

KAMLOOPS — 2017 proved to be the most expensive wildfire season in recent memory.

According to BC Wildfire Service's Ryan Turcot, provincial suppression costs to date amount to $552 million.

That's nearly nine times the original budget of $63 million.

"The 2009 fire season was just over $382 million and the 2003 wildfire season before factoring in inflation amounted to just under $377 million which shows how significant this year has been," said Turcot. "At peak capacity this year the B.C. Wildfire Service was utilizing well over 47-hundred personnel which is a significant amount to have during a wildfire season."

And it isn't over yet.

Turcot says 130 contained wildfires continue to burn across B.C.

Turcot couldn't provide a number on how many firefighters remain on the grounds but noted all out-of-province workers have returned home.

More than 47-thousand people were evacuated from their homes at the height of this summer's wildfire season.

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