Slow start to 2011 fire season

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Alyson Couch, an information officer with the province’s wildfire co-ordination centre, noted it has been a slow fire season so far, but fuels in the forest are starting to dry out.

“The fire season has been quiet for us. It is the slowest start in the last decade,” she said.

As of Aug. 5, there were fewer than 300 wildfires in the province, just one-third of the 10-year average of 1,000.

To that date in the Kamloops Fire Centre, there have been 104 reported fires — 80 human-caused — down from the average of 348 in past years.

The drop in fire starts also means fewer burned hectares, with only 348 affected to date in the fire centre, compared to the average of 6,829.