B.C. officials say the province is experiencing its slowest fire season in a decade and as a result, firefighters are being sent to out of province fires, while others are building trails and clearing brush.

A rainy July has made this the slowest fire season in B.C. in ten years, and that status is not forecast to change for the remainder of this fire season.


An air tanker drops a load of fire retardant on the Tisigar Lake fire in northeastern B.C. earlier this year. ((Wildfire Management Branch) )

Fewer than 500 fires have been recorded in B.C. this season,  at a time of year when 1,600 could be expected, according to fire information officer Radha Fisher.

Fisher said Monday the relatively low number of fires has meant the province was able to send a cumulative total 2,000 firefighters to battle blazes this summer in Ontario, where 125 of them currently are.

The remainder are either on the scene at these smaller fires in B.C. or assigned to other duties, she said.

"There is still work that gets done here in British Columbia," said Fisher.

"We definitely are involved in fuel management projects with local governments and we work on prevention and community events and activities. And if we can prevent those future busy fire seasons in any little way, then it will be worth it."

She said there are campfire ban in the Merritt and Lillooet fire districts, along with a few open burning bans.