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Wet weather keeps forest fires at bay in B.C.

May 25, 2017, Vancouver, B.C. -The fire season in B.C. is off to a slow start thanks to wet spring weather that didn’t ease up until last week.

There are 15 forest fires currently burning in the province, but only two of those have been upgraded to wildfires of note status, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service.

“On this date a year ago, we had 303 fires to date, which had burned over 90,000 hectares,” said spokeswoman Claire Allen.

High winds have made life difficult for 26 firefighters battling a 200-hectare fire near Mount Robson, east of Tete Jaune Cache, B.C. The fire has not been contained, but crews are focused on just two active spot fires.

A smouldering ground fire at Cooper Creek about two kilometres northwest of Lumby, B.C., has been contained at four hectares. Helicopters and airtankers doused the fire with retardant on Tuesday.

The relatively low fire count is a stark contrast to last season, when dry, hot conditions led to several large fires in the Peace region. The Vancouver Sun reports. | READ MORE 

May 25, 2017
By The Vancouver Sun