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Calmer wildfire situation could change quickly as heat returns to B.C.

An air tanker drops retardant on a fire in West Kelowna last month.
August 08, 2015 - 1:00 PM

KAMLOOPS - Cooler, wetter weather means fewer fires are burning across British Columbia and wildfire management crews are getting a break — for now.

Fire information officer Ryan Turcot says the forecast calls for higher temperatures to return.

He says fire danger ratings are currently set at low to moderate across almost the entire province but may be ramped up again, especially in the southern Interior.

Only the southern quarter of Vancouver Island and tiny pockets along the Boundary region east of Osoyoos have high to extreme fire danger ratings.

There are over 130 active fires burning in the province.

The province has spent almost $183 million fighting wildfires since the season began in April, triple its original $60-million budget.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2015
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