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Hot weather fuels BC fire risk


Crews are monitoring hot spots in BC after a bout of hot, dry weather
Crews are monitoring hot spots in BC after a bout of hot, dry weather

Staff writers

August 7, 2012 — The last few weeks have been mainly hot and dry in British Columbia, and that has forest fire officials on high alert.

Campers are being reminded to watch their fires
Campers are being reminded to watch their fires

Forest fire officials in British Columbia are keeping a close eye on the weather forecast. 

It's been hot and dry in recent weeks. That's helped increase the fire hazard across the province. 

"We're fortunate enough to have had a fairly wet June and July," says Erin Catherall, and Information Officer with the Provincial Wildfire Coordination Centre. "However, with the recent warm and dry weather conditions, it has made a significant impact on our fire danger rating. We are currently sitting at a mostly high danger rating across the province, with some areas in moderate and patches of extreme."

So far this season, there have been 732 wildfires. That's below the 10-year average of 1,337 fires, but it's higher than the numbers of fires there were at this time last year. 

340 the fires that started this year in BC were caused by people. Catherall says campers need to be extra cautious through the rest of the summer season. 

"We're forecasting drier conditions and we're really encouraging the public to be extra careful when they're in the backcountry and lighting campfires," she says. 

Catherall is reminding residents to abide by the following campfire regulations. 

  • Campfire should be no larger than 0.5 metres in height and 0.5 metres in diameter.
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  • Have a shovel or at least 8 litres of water nearby to properly extinguish your fire.
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  • Never leave your campfire unattended.
 

You can find out more about the fire danger across the province by visiting the BC Wildfire Management website. 

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