over the last 24 hours: 11 new fires for 194 hectares season summary: 1,654 fires for 35,641 hectares
According to the National Forest Fire Situation Report of 7 June 2000, due to continuing cool wet weather across much of the country, area burned to date is only 1/5 of normal. Risk of fire is low across most of the country, with dry conditions persisting only in small parts of Manitoba.
The latest British Columbia Forest Service Wildfire Report (8 June 2000) issued, Firefighting recruits have completed their two-week boot camp training in Merritt and are ready for this year’s fire season. The rigorous training program gives recruits essential skills and knowledge in fire-line safety, first aid, fire behaviour, fire-suppression techniques, helicopter safety and fire-line communications. B.C. Forest Service firefighters are recognized internationally for their skill and expertise in fire safety and suppression techniques. This season, 765 men and women applied for available firefighting jobs. Of the total, 142 applications came from women and 623 from men. Since the introduction of provincial physical fitness and fire crew training standards in the early 1990s, the number of injuries and associated costs, when compared to using untrained temporary firefighters, has dropped by 85 per cent. Almost 90 per cent of the province’s firefighters are recalled from previous years. The protection program will employ about 275 First Nations firefighters, 75 female firefighters, and 500 male firefighters this year. 278 wildfires have been reported in the province to date. 29 were lightning caused and 249 were people caused. So far, a total of 11,275 hectars have been burned.