The cost of fighting the forest fires that have been raging across British Columbia this summer has jumped to more than $210 million -- and climbing.

Less than two weeks ago, the running total was just $135 million.

Forests Minister Pat Bell says this year's figure isn't far from the disastrous season in 2003, when the province spent nearly $330 million battling wildfires.

And Bell says just one more major fire could add as much as $100 million to the tab.

The province had originally set aside $62 million for fire fighting.

Ottawa has said disaster assistance could be on the way.