Newspaper article The Canadian Press

High Winds and Lack of Rain Suggest No Breaks in Sight for B.C. Wildfire Season

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

High Winds and Lack of Rain Suggest No Breaks in Sight for B.C. Wildfire Season

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Heat wave, wind spur B.C. wildfires

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KAMLOOPS, B.C. - A rising heat wave and significant winds across the southern half of British Columbia helped ignite 11 new wildfires across the province over 24 hours.

Claire Allen of the BC Wildfire Service said that of those fires, six were human-caused, one was started by lightning, and the remaining four are still under investigation.

She said the province is unlikely to get a reprieve, with no rain or cooler temperatures in the long-term forecast.

"We have approximately 60 fires burning across the province right now," said Allen.

Allen said B.C. is in the core of its wildfire season, which typically runs from April 1 until the end of September or early October.

Crews have been battling a 500-hundred hectare fire near Kamloops since Thursday. …

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