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B.C. Wildfire costs sitting at $100 million

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DH Vancouver Staff Jul 10, 2015 1:59 pm

The costs of the wildfires raging across the province has reached $100 million, according to CKNW. 

There are currently 202 fires burning in B.C., with 19 of them being “fires of note” and 76 of them are 10 hectares or more.

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Fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek said the slightly cooler weather and rain in the forecast is making the team at BC Wildfires cautiously optimistic.

“We are seeing a bit of a shift right now, unstable weather expected for most of the province today. We see a shift away from the hot, dry conditions we’ve been seeing in most areas for the last few weeks. This is going to bring cooler temperatures and showers, but it also means we’re going to be seeing potentially unpredictable winds, and lightning,” he said.

Air quality advisories in Metro Vancouver are still in effect, although they have been downgraded to “low”. People with breathing conditions should still be cautious.

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Last year, B.C. spent a total of $297.9 million on fighting wildfires in the province. Here’s a breakdown of the costs of wildfires for the last ten years:

Screenshot/BC Wildfire

Screenshot/BC Wildfire

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