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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- With dry weather
predicted for a third summer in a row, British Columbia may
experience its worst drought since the Great Depression, water
"We're in such a drought situation that even if we did get
torrential downpours for the next few weeks, it wouldn't matter,"
provincial fire information officer Nancy Argyle said, "and the
forecast is for the opposite of that."
Amid a warm, dry spring and facing predictions of more of the
same throughout the summer, Argyle said British Columbia could
face even more forest fires than last year's record season.
So far there have been 206 fires in the province between April
1 and May 11, compared with 134 in the same period last year
None of the blazes got out of control and the current
province-wide fire risk is low to minimal with no fire bans in
Nonetheless, provincial river forecaster David Gooding said
almost every area of British Columbia is already facing low
He attributed the trend to a dry April, snowpacks that melted
two to four weeks early, dry grounds from two years of previous
low precipitation and winter precipitation that was 25 to 40
percent below normal.
"As the snow melted, it just disappeared and didn't make it
into the streams,'" said Gooding.
"Last year the accumulated precipitation for lake levels were
close to historic minimums set in the 1920s,'' he said. "The
Okanagan Lake (level) goes back to the early 1900s.''
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