Wildfire Outlook

It's been a cool, wet spring so far - and there's no better indication of how cool and wet than the number of wildfires recorded in BC.

Max Birkner, at the Kamloops Fire Centre, says so far across BC, there have been 13 fires and 23 hectares burned - compared to 57 fires and 774 hecatres burned in 2016.   He says in our region, just 2 wildfires have sparked up this spring compared to 10 last year.

Provincial Fire Information Officer Kevin Skrepnek says it's hard to predict if this means an easy summer fire season.

He says temperature is a big factor - and Environment Canada is calling for a warmer-than-normal summer - but the key, of course, is precipitation.  Skrepnek says the wettest period of the year is mid-May till the July long weekend, so until then, that's a better indicator of what the season is going to look like. He says temperature is a big factor - and Environment Canada is calling for a warmer-than-normal summer - but the key, of course, is precipitation..

The province spent $129-million dollars fighting wildfires last year, which Skrepnek says is a little below average.