Today the BC Wildfire Service hosted a regional wildfire update to help provide timely and accurate information on the current wildfire situation in the Nadina, Bulkley-Nechako, Fort St. James and Vanderhoof regions of the Northwest and Prince George Fire Centres.
These areas have seen increased fire activity as a result of prolonged drought conditions and a convective weather pattern that has brought persistent thunderstorms to the region. In the last seven days B.C. has seen 51,000 lightning strikes, with 76% of those concentrated in the Northwest and Prince George Fire Centres. As a result, 399 new wildfires have started in the last week with 224 of those within the regions focused on today. Of the active fires currently burning in B.C., 198 were caused by lightning.
You can watch the full update below:
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