B.C.’s wildfires continue to grow despite a cooler weekend and several millimetres of rain across the province.
The total number of active fires reached 250 as of Monday morning, growing from 202 recorded on Friday. The B.C. Wildfire Service notes 115 fires of note, including fires larger than 10 hectares, with the largest fire currently burning 60,000 hectares in the Wadin Creek area near the Yukon border.
In the last 24 hours, 11 new fires began, mostly sparked by lightning in B.C.’s Interior.
This season’s fires have already caused 283,430 hectares of forest to burn across the province, a size comparable to the size of the entire Metro Vancouver region.
The 8,000 hectare Puntzi Lake fire in the Cariboo Regional District has put dozens of residences on evacuation orders and has already destroyed numerous lake-front homes. Images released by the District show the raw devastation the fire has caused.
As of July 12, there have been 1,069 wildfires recorded in B.C. as of April 1.