Forest Fires

FOREST FIRES, also known as wildland fires, burn an average of 300 sq km of forest in BC annually. Each year the province spends about $40 million on forest fire preparedness and an equal amount on fire fighting. On average 2,800 fires occur in BC annually, a little over one-third of the national total. The worst year on record was 1958, when 8,358.76 sq km of timber went up in smoke. The greatest number of fires (4,068) occurred in 1994, but they burned over a smaller area.

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