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A Scorcher of a Summer

April 15, 2010 — It's still early, but by the way things are going, firefighters in B.C. are bracing for another tough fire season.

If the recent blast of warm and dry weather in B.C. this week is any indication of how the summer will be, the province could be in trouble.

Calm, sunny and mild. That pretty much sums up the week for parts of the west coast.

It was even warm enough in Vancouver yesterday to grab an ice cream along the board walk. And get this, by tomorrow the city will be climbing into the upper double digit teens.

While this warm and dry spell is all fine and dandy for people who like to enjoy the sun, it also has firefighters on high alert.

Forests Minister Pat Bell says, “it looks like B.C. might be looking at another scorching fire season this summer.” Bell says it's still early, but there are already several restrictions on open fires across the province.

1,100 firefighters will be on duty this summer incase the season mirrors the one of 2009. There were more than 3,400 fires in B.C. last summer.

Some unsettled weather is moving in this weekend, but will it be enough to reduce the risks?

“An area of high pressure has kept the province fairly dry this week, but by the weekend that will all change,” says Weather Network meteorologist Michelle Cassar. “It won't be a huge shot of rain, but it will help to relieve some of the dryness being felt there”.

For the latest details on the wildfires in B.C. tune into The Weather Network on TV. Your newscast comes up at :12 and :42 past every hour. OR, if you're just looking for the details on the weather in your area, the National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of each hour.

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