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B.C. wildfire crews encountered fewer blazes this year compared previous years

Last Updated Oct 5, 2019 at 1:19 pm PST

Smoke from wildfires fills the air and burned trees are seen in this aerial view from a Canadian Forces Chinook helicopter near Williams Lake, B.C., on Monday, July 31, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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B.C. wildfire crews dealt with far fewer blazes this year, when compared to the last two years

According to the Wildfire Coordination Center, almost 21-hundred fires burned nearly 1.35 million hectares

Crews went out to 784 fires across the province, which scorched just about 21-thousand hectares

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – New numbers from the B.C. Wildfire Co-ordination Centre show the stark difference between the 2017 and 2018 wildfire seasons when compared with this year.

The wildfire service says it responded to 784 fires across B-C in 2019, which scorched almost 21-thousand hectares.

In 2017, the number of hectares burned topped 1.2 million.

And in 2018, B-C recorded almost 21-hundred fires with nearly 1.35 million hectares burned.