B.C.'s 2023 wildfire season claims second spot in all-time record

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Only halfway through July and B.C.'s 2023 wildfire season has become the second worst in its recorded history.

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British Columbia’s current wildfire season has vaulted into second place in the province’s all-time record for area burned Thursday, surpassing 2017 not even halfway through July.

An incident management team will arrive from Australia July 15, and will join another roughly 160 personnel from Mexico and the U.S. already in the province. On Thursday morning, Bowinn Ma, B.C.'s Minister of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness, announced the B.C. government will be requesting federal resources to fight fires.

B.C.’s biggest population centres have not been immune as wildfire crews in Metro Vancouver continue to battle a blaze on Mount Seymour. This year’s wildfire season has already broken all-time records as the worst in Canadian history, with hotspot satellite data showing more than 10 million hectares have burned (think all of Massachusetts). In B.C., which has experienced a string of devastating seasons in recent years, Daniels says it’s clear 2023 is not an anomaly.

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