Province sees decrease in people-started wildfires for second year

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The number of human-caused forest fires fell for the second year in a row, according to the latest figures from the provincial government.In its annual review of this year’s forest fire season, the Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture says there have been 67 recorded fires caused by people. In total, 90 forest fires were monitored by forest officials.

That number is down from last year’s total of 88 fires and almost half of 2018 statistics, which saw 128 people-caused wildfires.

Forest fires have burned 4,231 hectares of land this year, the vast majority – about 95% – caused by lightning strikes in remote areas of Labrador.

This year’s report is well below the 10-year provincial average of 109 fires and 30,655 hectares burned.

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