Newspaper article The Canadian Press

A by the Numbers Look at B.C.'S Record Setting 2017 Wildfire Season

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

A by the Numbers Look at B.C.'S Record Setting 2017 Wildfire Season

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The 2017 B.C. wildfire season by the numbers

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VANCOUVER - The 2017 wildfire season in British Columbia set records as the most destructive in the province's recorded history. Here is a look at the season by the numbers:

12,164 square kilometres: Area burned, equivalent to more than a third of Vancouver Island. The worst level of destruction since 1958 when 8,560 square kilometres burned.

$562.7 million: Estimated cost of fire suppression. The previous record was $382 million in 2009.

45,000: Approximate number of people displaced at the peak of the fires.

65,000: Total number of people displaced over the entire wildfire season. The previous record was in 2003 when about 45,000 people were forced from their homes.

70 days: Duration of the state of emergency that was declared on July 7. …

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