The Prince George Fire Centre is asking that people use a bit more caution when dealing with open fires.

Over the past week, the Fire Centre has responded to seven new forest fires, all of which were caused by human activity. Six of these fires were extinguished, while the seventh is currently being monitored to ensure it does not start up again. It has been determined that all seven fires were caused by people and were all preventable.

According to the Fire Centre, during this time of year the most common form of fires are escaped grass fires. Already this season, the province has responded to 60 people-caused fires, which have damaged more than 145 hectares of forests and grasslands.

In the province of B.C. under the Wildfire Act, it states a person using fire within one km of forest or grassland, may be legally obligated to pay the fire suppression cost if the fire does escape.

To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, please call *5555 on most cellular networks, or 1-800-663-5555.

For more information on open fire restrictions or for updates on current wildfire activity, please visit the B.C. Wildfire website.