For the Record: BC Wildfires Look-Ahead

Last year, more than $568 million was spent trying to control more than a thousand fires that covered 1.2 million hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)

Ryan Turcot works as an information officer for the BC Wildfire Service. On today’s For the Record, we discussed the upcoming wildfire season, and what people can do to be as fire safe as possible.

Last summer, the province was in a state of emergency for 10 weeks, about 65,000 people were evacuated from their homes, more than 190 houses were destroyed, and the province was covered in smoke for much of the summer. Turcot says the most important thing people can do ahead of this year’s wildfire season is plan ahead.

With this year’s weather patterns already looking warmer than usual, people should prepare for encountering fires while hiking, and not hike in a zone that suffered a wildfire last year. Turcot also noted that people should take precautions when camping and starting small fires. Small fires, which are currently not prohibited, will likely be under a fire ban soon.

The BC Wildfire Service has many resources including updates on fire bans, interactive maps tracking fires, and updates on current wildfire activity.

Click the link below to listen to the full interview.