Wildfires scorched record amount of national parks in 2015

Wildfires scorched a record amount of Canada's national parks last year.

Parks Canada's annual fire report says both the area burned and the number of fires in 2015 were about 50 per cent higher than average.

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Fire management director Jeff Weir says it's the third above-average year in a row -- and that the agency's reserve funds for fighting blazes are pretty much gone.

Weir says if 2016 turns out to be another hot year, Parks Canada may have to fund fire-fighting with money intended for other programs.

Parks Canada also had a record number of prescribed burns in 2015 -- fires that are deliberately set and controlled to imitate the natural rejuvenation cycles of forest ecosystems.



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