Forest Fire danger rating high or extreme in Peace region

Video:  This video shows just how quickly the fire danger can change in the Province – Province of BC

Forest fire danger levels have increased to high or extreme in the BC Peace Region.

Human carelessness was the cause of 13 of 32 new wildfires Thursday with the majority of those in the Prince George Fire Centre. While most of the fires were contained under one hectare and were not a threat to communities, the largest human-caused fire, near Dall Lake, approximately 140 kilometres east of Dease Lake, grew to 350 hectares.

Warm and dry conditions have caused the wildfire hazard to increase significantly this week. Over 62 per cent of the province’s area is currently at a high or extreme fire danger rating, compared to 19 per cent the same time last week.

Even small fires can cause a wildfire, so it is important that people treat all
fires, regardless of the size, with care and caution. Always take the proper steps to prevent your fire from escaping.

Since April 1, firefighters have responded to 402 fires around the province.

The Province reminds the public that burning restrictions are in place across B.C. Although small, contained campfires – 0.5 metres by 0.5 metres – are permitted, the public is reminded to have hand tools and at least eight litres of water nearby to fully extinguish them.

For the latest information on fire activity, bans and restrictions and current conditions, visit the Wildfire Management Branch website at www.bcwildfire.ca.
 

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