Cool weather keeps forest fires at bay

The Prince George Fire Centre has responded to six spot fires over the past week, all of which were caused by humans.

All six fires were less than one hectare in size and are now out or in patrol status. The Prince George Fire Centre has responded to 115 fires to date, which have burned nearly 25,000 hectares; almost 60% of these have been caused by people.

A warming and drying trend is forecasted for the southern half of the fire centre. While past temperatures have been cool and damp, it only takes a few days of dry, warm weather for danger ratings to increase along with the risk for fire starts.

Everyone should be aware of these increased risks and do their part to reduce the occurence of person-caused wildfires. The B.C. Forest Service asks people to be very careful with their campfires. 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 fire suppression tools close by.
– Never leave your campfire unattended.
– Saturate the fire with water and stir until it is completely cold to the touch.
– Make sure that the fire is completely extinguished before you leave the area.

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.