Camp Fire Safety Encouraged this Weekend

While cooler temperatures and precipitation have slowed fire activity, the
public is encouraged to play it safe with campfires.

Crews have responded to four spot fires in the past week, three of which were caused by
lightning and the fourth is undetermined. Three of the fires have been fully extinguished and the
fourth is in patrol.

Since April 1, the Prince George Fire Centre has responded to 295 fires. Of these, 185
were caused by lightning and 110 by human activity.

The fire danger rating is currently low to moderate throughout the Prince George Fire
Centre. Cool temperatures and scattered showers are expected for the long weekend; however,
campfires can still escape in wet conditions, and the Fire Centre encourages all campers to use
caution. The following tips are provided to ensure campfire safety:

– Make sure to build a proper fire pit and put a ring of rocks around the fire.
– Have water and hand tools, such as a shovel, close by.
– Never leave your campfire unattended.
– Make sure that the fire is completely extinguished before you leave the area.
– To extinguish a fire, saturate it with water and stir until it is completely cold to
the touch.

The Prince George Fire Centre covers from the Yukon and Northwest Territories in the
north, to Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, Cottonwood River and Robson Valley in the south; and
from the Alberta border in the east to the Skeena Mountains in the west.

Geographically this area extends from Kinbasket Lake in the south to Endako in the west,
north to the Yukon border and east to the Alberta border.

To report a wildfire or unattended campfire call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on most
cellular networks. For more information on open fire restrictions or for updates on current
wildfire activity, visit www.bcwildfire.ca, or call our information line 1-888-3FOREST (1-888-
336-7378).