End of B.C.’s fire season expected to be hot, dry

At a time of year that typically marks the end of British Columbia’s fire season, hot and dry conditions in large parts of the province are making the fire risk as precarious as ever.

VANCOUVER — At a time of year that typically marks the end of British Columbia’s fire season, hot and dry conditions in large parts of the province are making the fire risk as precarious as ever.

There are hundreds of fires burning across B.C., and several of those remain dangerously close to residences, where evacuation orders continue to keep people from their homes. Crews continue to make progress, and fewer new fires started over the weekend.

This year’s especially active fire season has contributed to the province’s financial woes, and a deficit that some predict will increase into the billions when a new budget is revealed on Tuesday.

The running tally of fighting B.C.’s wildfires in 2009 is almost $300 million.

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