2017 British Columbia Wildfires – Provincial State of Emergency

On July 6, 2017, a two-hectare wildfire began west of 100 Mile House, British Columbia, Canada marking the beginning of the record breaking 2017 wildfire season in British Columbia.[source]

On July 7, 56 new fires started throughout British Columbia (BC) leading to the release of several evacuation alerts, orders and the declaration of a provincial state of emergency by the Government of British Columbia.[source] By September 12, there were 158 fires burning throughout the province.[source]

A total of 12,161 square kilometres (1.2 million hectares) had burned by the end of the 2017 fire season, the largest total area burnt in a fire season in recorded history (1.3% of BC total area).[source] This record was broken the following year, with five of BC’s worst 10 fire seasons occurring since 2010.[source] However, the 2017 fire season was also notable for the largest number of total evacuees in a fire season (65,000 people), [source] as well as for the largest single fire ever in British Columbia.[source]

Source: Wikipedia

2017 BC Wildfires Disaster Ashcroft Reserve wildfire – Loon Lake BC – photo CC BY-SA 40

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