B.C. forest fire risk increasing
The British Columbia Coastal Fire centre is concerned the public may be lulled into complacency by the low number of fires this year at a time when the risk might be increasing.
"I think that's a bit of a misnomer — that 'there's no risk,'" said Marg Drysdale, spokeswoman for the the Coastal Fire Centre.
A long, wet spring and cool early summer has given way to a late season that could see a spike in the number of wildfires, Drysdale said.
"We are looking at a hot, dry fall," she said. "We have had temperatures in the mid- to high 20s over the long weekend. We see that continuing probably for the next week."
There's a high fire risk from north of Campbell River on Vancouver Island to Victoria.
Many portions of the main-land are under the same advisory.
"It is dry out there," said Drysdale. "Even though it's the fall and [people] may not be used to this kind of weather and this dryness in the fall
Drysdale said the centre has no indication when enough rain will fall to lower the risk.
Until then, she's asking people to remain vigilant and cautious.
There have been 525 wildfires in B.C. so far this year. In 2010, there were 1,673 and in 2009, there were 3,064.
With files from the CBC's Chad Pawson