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Although the number of wildfires has increased over the past four decades, the area burned has decreased significantly over the last decade.

Area burned (ha) by wildfiresa from 81/82 to 97/98, by region


Year Cariboo Kamloops Nelson P. George P. Rupert Vancouver TOTALS

81/82b,c

1 843

1 425

654

83 291

18 696

684

106 593

82/83b,c

4 621

850

1 391

115 237

225 397

1 167

348 663

83/84b,c

3 708

762

420

43 073

19 100

315

67 378

84/85b,c

1 076

3 600

1 077

12 713

580

859

19 905

85/86b,c

6 593

5 499

60 671

109 891

43 429

10 169

236 252

86/87c

1 542

1 771

2 707

6 334

1 438

3 468

17 260

87/88c

6 480

5 496

1 959

17 333

950

1 632

33 850

88/89c

2 144

1 080

1 247

5 668

613

730

11 482

89/90c

696

1 123

2 081

13 394

7 048

1 038

25 380

90/91c

2 422

910

421

55 740

5 493

10 795

75 781

91/92c

435

1 386

1 197

18 717

8 879

300

30 914

92/93c

998

2 424

1 064

13 215

11 408

1 343

30 452

93/94

209

667

287

2 660

232

654

4 709

94/95

745

16 629

6 146

4 733

875

1 182

30 310

95/96

2 964

501

238

14 735

28 295

1 347

48 080

96/97

213

995

288

12 969

104

384

14 952

97/98

725

376

362

209

117

81

1 870


  1. Includes merchantable and immature timber, and other cover.
  2. Includes all wildfires in British Columbia.
  3. Also includes wildfires on not satisfactorily restocked land, non-commercial land, grazing land and non-productive sites.

Data source: MoF annual reports.


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