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Almost 1.5 million hectares burned in B.C. since April

About 1.5 million hectares have burned in BC since early April.

That number is expected to rise further as the wildfire season drags on.

More than 80% of wildfires in the state today are caused by lightning strikes.

Click to play video: '2023 BC wildfire season officially the most devastating ever'

The 2023 BC wildfire season was officially the most devastating in history

Detectors are flying over British Columbia, trying to catch new fires, especially in areas where lightning strikes are known.

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The province thanks firefighters from across Canada and around the world who have come to aid in BC’s emergency.

“In addition to the 100 Brazilian firefighters coming tomorrow, we also have firefighting support from Mexico,” said Cliff Chapman of the BC Wildfire Service.

“All of those countries are now in British Columbia, and after tomorrow we will have over 500 resources coming from outside British Columbia.”

“This, combined with hundreds of contracted resources from British Columbia, has allowed our phone numbers to reach locations where we believe our capabilities are appropriate for the volume of fires we are dealing with in this province.”

The next few days and weeks are expected to be tough.

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Rain is possible in northern BC, but southern BC will remain hot and dry, ideal conditions for large fires, officials warned.

There are currently 380 wildfires in the state, 22 of which are of high profile.

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