Canada is experiencing a sluggish start to the wildfire season this year thanks to a cooler and more humid spring than usual, but Canadians should expect to see more fire activity through the summer, experts say.

State and Territorially Security Minister Mike Farnworth was joined Tuesday by officials with the BC Wildfire Service, River Forecast Centre and Environment and Climate Change Canada to discuss the province’s flood and wildfire prospects.

Lee said it’s still uncertain whether the same heatwave scenario would happen this time, but Canadians should be preparing for this eventuality.

Bobby Sekhon, meteorologist for forecasting at the the ECCC, said in Tuesday’ s update that spring weather in B.C. was ‘up and down,’ and’ pretty cold’ in April.

A “heat dome,” a top pressure system that binds warm air below, has driven the mercury in Canada to unprecedented levels over the last year, shattering over 100 record heatwaves in British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories.

Environment and Climate Change Canada

Environment and Climate Change Canada is the department of the Government of Canada responsible for coordinating environmental policies and programs, (wikipedia)

Wildfire

A wildfire, forest fire, bushfire, wildland fire or rural fire is an unplanned, uncontrolled fire in an area of combustible vegetation starting in rural and urban areas. (wikipedia)

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