Heat wave increases wildfire risk across B.C.
The Canadian Press
Published Saturday, August 14, 2010 1:48PM PDT
Last Updated Friday, May 18, 2012 11:26PM PDT
One of the driest summers on record is parching southern and central British Columbia and the Forest Service is bracing for another round of wildfires.
After a brief respite of cool, wet weather, a heat wave is settling over much of the province with record temperatures expected into next week.
Despite that, just one new wildfire had been spotted by Saturday morning and forestry officials say the 10 hectare fire is burning in slash on Vancouver Island, 28 kilometres southeast of Port Renfrew.
It is not threatening any homes but smoke may be visible around Jordan River about 70 kilometres northwest of Victoria.
The Forest Service reports 97 active fires across B.C., including a series of several huge blazes west and north of Williams Lake.
Fire danger in all but the extreme southeastern corner of the province is rated at high to extreme with a campfire ban for all regions not expected to lifted for several weeks.