The causes of the wildfires has been debated. BC Wildfire Services has published human caused fire data as well as fires caused by lightning.
The AGU Journal, published an article by Dr. Meghan Kirchmeier Young PHD, a research scientist in climate extremes. Kirchmeier-Young says a key factor in the 2017 wildfire season was human-caused climate change that led to dry and hot conditions.
Despite all of the factors that have caused the record breaking seasons, the effects for British Columbians can’t be ignored.
Meehan says she will continue to run her business but will adapt to accommodate future wildfire seasons.
“It’s been tough, everyone I know had said that this year was way way down in tourism. It will be interesting next year to see what happens. she says.