By Perrin Grauer Star Vancouver Mon., April 1, 2019 VANCOUVER—The emergence of a pair of large wildfires in the Kamloops region over the weekend signals an early start to B.C.’s fire season, according to a wildfire research scientist. But it’s still too early to tell whether the blazes are harbingers of yet another record-breaking fire season for the province, which saw four per cent of its total forested area burned up over 2017 and 2018, said Mike Flannigan, a professor with the Department of Renewable Resources and director of the Western Partnership for Wildland Fire Science at the University of Alberta. “Historically, it’s rare to get three bad fire years in a row,” Flannigan told the Star. “But with our climate changing the way it’s been doing, I wouldn’t be surprised if you had another bad fire season.” The weekend’s blazes both flared up Saturday just east of Niskonlith Lake in the Kamloops Fire Centre, roughly eight kilometres southwest of Chase, B.C. By Sunday, they measured 250 hectares and 100 hectares in size, respectively. Provincial fire crews were contending with the blazes over the weekend, according to Kamloops Fire Centre’s fire information officer Jody Lucius. By Monday, the crews had… Read full this story
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