2018 British Columbia Wildfires

By the end of June, 2018, there had been more than 560 wildfires in British Columbia,[source] with direct and indirect costs still being calculated.

The Comstock Lake fire was discovered on June 21, and was caused by lightning. By July 6, it had grown to 27.5 square kilometres (10.6 sq mi) and was not fully contained.[source] At one point over 200 personnel were fighting the fire complex.[source]

The Tugwell Creek fire near Sooke grew to 85 hectares (210 acres), 10% contained by July 4.[source] The fire threatened millions of honeybees at Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery. It was reported as fully contained on July 9.[source]

The Shovel Fire, started on July 27, has burned 86,397 hectares (213,490 acres) so far, and was still active as of August 20. Thick smoke harmed efforts to contain the fire.[source]

A human-caused fire at Nanaimo Lakes, discovered on July 1, reached 14.5 hectares by July 4.[source]

A total of 2,092 wildfires have burned 1,351,314 hectares (3,339,170 acres) of land in 2018 as of November 9.[source]

As of August 28, initial estimates put 2018 as the largest burn-area in a British Columbia wildfire season,[source] surpassing the historic 2017 wildfire season (1,216,053 total hectares).[source]

Wildfire Smoke

Wildfires caused severe smoke to cover much of British Columbia. It has impacted tourism and cancelled flights.[source] The smoke spread across Canada and as far as Ireland. [source]

Source: Wikipedia

Wildfires over British Columbia on August 20 2018 - photo credit: NASA

Wildfires over British Columbia on August 20 2018 – photo credit: NASA

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