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13 September 2017 / Lake Cowichan Gazette / Carmen Weld

B.C. loses more than one million hectares to wildfires

British Columbia, Canada

There have been 1,249 fires that have burned through roughly 1,173,886 hectares in B.C.

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A firefighter uses a torch to set fire to brush during a prescribed burn to help prevent the Finlay Creek wildfire from spreading near Peachland, B.C., on Thursday September 7, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck