Take caution with outdoor burns in northern B.C.

There is currently no open fire ban in the Peace Region, but anyone heading to the backcountry is reminded to be vigilant and to take precautions, especially to avoid escaped fires. 

The Fire Centre has the following recommendations: 

* Check with local governments or civil authorities about any current burning bylaws or fire restrictions.

* Create a fireguard at least one metre around the fire by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible materials.

* Do not burn during windy conditions. Weather conditions can change quickly and carry embers to other combustible materials and start new fires.

* Never leave a fire unattended.

* Ensure that enough people, water and tools are on hand to control the fire and prevent it from escaping.

* A fire should not be lit near buildings, trees or other combustible materials.

* Make sure that your fire is completely extinguished and the embers are cold before you leave the area. 

To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call 1-800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to www.bcwildfire.ca.

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Erica is a reporter for Moose FM and energeticcity.ca in Fort St. John, B.C. She grew up in Victoria, B.C. and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.