If you drove through central British Columbia in the late summer of 2018, it would have been hard to miss the charred trees and blackened landscapes. BC experienced its worst wildfire season on record, with fires burning over 1.35 million hectares of forests throughout the province.

In some places, interface fires spread right through communities, and thousands of people were evacuated from their homes. Rightfully, the extreme fire season saw wall-to-wall media coverage – and as usual, images of airplanes dropping bright red fire retardant were commonly featured.

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