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2015 worst year for wildfires

January 11, 2016 – Parks Canada is reporting that 2015 was the worst year for wildfires in Canada’s national parks.

January 11, 2016  By  Andrew Macklin

According to a report from the National Post, the annual report from Parks Canada noted that 122 fires at national parks across Canada 4,600 square kilometres of forest. In the previous year, approximately 3,000 square kilometres were burned.

The report noted that, in 2015, most of the acreage burned was due to a single fire. The fire that scorched Wood Buffalo National Park, located on the border of Alberta and the Northwest Territories, burned approximately 3,700square kilometres.

Firefighting costs were reported at around $14 million, which represented all of the 2015 budget and most of Parks Canada’s reserve. The firefighting budget for 2016 is set at $8 million.

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