How many wildfires are currently burning in B.C.? Breaking down some facts

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B.C. declares a wildfire state of emergency
Ken Gillis of the Thompson Nicola Regional District reacts to the province's decision to declare a wildfire state of emergency – Jul 21, 2021

Here’s a look at how many wildfires are currently burning in B.C. and some facts about the current wildfire season.

There are currently 275 wildfires burning around the province.

Since April 1, the start of the fire season, there have been 1,168 wildfires ignited with 338.397 hectares burned.

The B.C. Wildfire Service said this is about 200,000 more than the 10-year average at this time in the season.

Read more: B.C. wildfire map 2021: Location and size of the fires burning around the province

The Kamloops Fire Centre has the biggest number of active fires, at 102 and covering about 110,043 hectares.

The Southeast Fire Centre has 61 active fires, covering about 14,700 hectares.

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The Prince George Fire Centre has 58 active fires, covering about 105,661 hectares.

The Cariboo Fire Centre has 44 active fires, covering about 50,348 hectares.

The Coastal Fire Centre has eight active fires, covering about 799 hectares.

The Northwest Fire Centre has four active fires, covering about 25,955 hectares.

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More than 3,000 firefighters and other personnel are currently fighting the fires, totalling 3,123 including out-of-province and aerial support.

Some 64 out-of-province firefighters are helping battle the blazes, along with 178 helicopters and planes supporting ground crews.

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There are now 50 evacuation orders in the province and 79 evacuation alerts.

This equates to 4,351 properties on order and 17,691 properties on alert.

The B.C. Wildfire Service said these numbers are changing all the time and the situation is very fluid.

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