B.C. wildfire season behind decade average

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Erica is a reporter for Moose FM and energeticcity.ca in Fort St. John, B.C. She grew up in Victoria, B.C. and received her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

However, that is far below the 10-year average, of about 1,600 for this time of year, and only a handful of this year's total has posed a serious threat to people or homes. The latest report has 20 new fires reported on Sunday, and the total burn area has nudged past 34,000 hectares.The Prince George Centre, which includes the northeast region, has reported the greatest number of fires – 305 – and it also remains the runaway burn area leader, with nearly 26,000 hecatres.

All the large northeast region fires are north of Fort Nelson, but among those first detected last weekend, is one only 106 kilometres north of Fort St. John, and west of Milligan Creek. Its estimated size is 800 hectares, and three helicopters and twenty firefighters are involved in a modified response. According to the latest report yesterday, this Saturday lightning caused blaze had crossed Milligan Road, but it remained opened. This is the fire that is also assumed to be responsible for the noticeable deterioration in air quality here in the city in the past couple of days.

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