After back-to-back record-breaking wildfire seasons in British Columbia, firefighters are gearing up for another severe fire season, according to Global News.
In a 2019 wildfire season outlook released by the provincial government, drought conditions, above average temperatures and “significantly” lower-than-average snowpack levels combined indicate a “busier than normal season.”
The outlook says meteorologists and fire-behaviour specialists gauge fire environment factors and weather data to forecast the severity of an approaching fire season.
While rainfall has assisted firefighting efforts in the short-term, forecasts are predicting less-than-normal rainfall over the next few months in most regions including the coast, southwest, southern interior, and far north.
“A drier-than-normal June could result in a greater total of area-burned for the season due to earlier availability of dry fuels,” the summary outlook says. “Although the number of ignitions across the province will strongly depend on the number of lightning strikes, fuel and weather conditions are indicating a busier-than-normal season.”
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