B.C. wildfire risk remains "extreme" or "high" just about everywhere but the province's northeast

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      The summer of 2018 continues to be a busy one for firefighters.

      There are currently no wildfires burning in British Columbia's coastal region, according to B.C. Wildfire Service statistics dated July 30. But 13 are going in the province's southeast.

      The largest fire in the region is the Whitetail Creek fire, which is burning about 40 kilometres north of Radium Hot Springs, just outside of Kootenay National Park. It was discovered on July 27 and has consumed an estimated 180 hectares. The fire remains classified as " out of control," however, the wildfire service notes that for now, it poses no danger to Radium Hot Springs or other local communities. Visitors to Kootenay National Park are also considered safe.

      Another five "wildfires of note" are burning in the region that the wildfire services describes as the Kamloops Fire Centre. The largest of those is the Snowy Mountain, which has consumed 1,910 hectares. It was discovered on July 17 and since then has burned in the Okanagan about 15 kilometres south of Keremeos.

      Almost everywhere but B.C.'s far northeast remains in an "extreme" or "high" fire-danger rating.

      A campfire ban has been in effect across southwestern B.C. since July 18.

      "The Coastal Fire Centre is implementing these prohibitions due to high temperatures and no rain in the immediate forecast," reads a July 17 media release from the B.C. ministry of forests, lands, natural resource operations and rural development.

      "Since April 1, 2018, 69% of wildfires in the Coastal Fire Centre have been caused by people," it continues. "Human-caused wildfires are entirely preventable, and can divert critical firefighting resources away from naturally occurring wildfires."

      B.C. is still recovering from last year's fires. The 2017 wildfire season was the worst in generations. It "dwarfed the historic records for area burned in British Columbia at well over a million hectares, or 12,000 square kilometres," read a July 2017 government media release. "The effects on people, wildlife and our forest economy will be felt for many years to come.

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