A large number of abandoned campfires and above-normal temperatures across the Southeast Fire Centre have fire officials urging hunters and recreationalists to be extremely careful with campfires in the backcountry.
Fire wardens discovered 98 abandoned campfires over the last two weeks. Abandoned campfires can and do start wildfires – so far this season, nine campfires have escaped and caused wildfires.
A rare weather occurrence in the Southeast has many areas in higher elevations experiencing similar or, in some cases, even hotter and drier conditions to those in valley bottoms. With hot dry and conditions anticipated, it is critical that the public remains vigilant.
The fire danger rating is currently high with pockets of extreme in the Boundary Fire Zone, low to moderate in the Columbia Fire Zone and high throughout all other zones.
Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson
“Although the Southeast fire season, to this point, has been slow, burning conditions are ramping up and the fire season is definitely not over. I’m urging hunters and recreationalists to be vigilant while in the backcountry.”
- Since April 1, the Southeast Fire Centre has responded to 108 wildfires. Forty-nine of those fires were person-caused.
- Leaving a campfire unattended can result in a $345 fine. If your campfire causes a wildfire, you may also be held liable for suppression costs and damages.
- To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call *5555 on your cell phone or toll-free to 1 800 663-5555
For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to: http://www.bcforestfireinfo.gov.bc.ca