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BC wildfire season nears 100 fires, 69 suspected human caused

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B.C. Wildfire Service crews at work (via BCWS)

B.C. is already closing in on 100 wildfires so far this year.

So far in 2020, there have been 93 fires – 24 of those in just the last seven days.

There are currently 13 fires actively burning, but only two of those are in the Kamloops Fire Centre region, which encompasses the Thompson-Okanagan.

Those are the Enderby Mabel Oxbow fire, which started over the weekend, and is still considered held at 3.6 hectares in size, and the Spencer Road fire south of Lillooet, which is 30 hectares in size and also being held.

In the Prince George Fire Centre, the Graham River fire has grown to 70 hectares since starting Monday (April 27) west of Fort St. John.

Two other small fires are located south of Fort St. John and near Vanderhoof.

Seven fires are burning in the Coastal Fire Centre region.

The largest of those is the Magee Road fire near Squamish, which prompted evacuations and destroyed homes after its start two weeks ago.

The fire has burned 203 hectares, and crews are searching this week for any remaining hot spots.

Rain over the weekend helped dampened down fire activity, said fire information officer Marg Drysdale.

"They are going to be checking the area fairly frequently over the next week to see if any visual smokes pop up," she said.

The Cogburn Drainage fire northwest of Hope is under control at 12 hectares in size.

There is one fire in the Southeast Fire Centre.

The Tobacco Plains fire is estimated at 7.40 hectares and is also under control.

There are currently no fires in the Cariboo or Northwest Fire Centre regions.

Sixty-nine of the fires so far this year are believed to be human-caused.

- with files from The Squamish Chief