B.C. residents urged to follow safe campfire practices

Ahead of the B.C. long weekend the provincial government is urging camp-goers to follow safe fire practices.

In a press release Friday the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations said that, on average, 40 per cent of wildfires in B.C. every year are caused by human activity or by people disregarding fire regulations.

“Fire prevention legislation and regulations are in place to help protect the lives and property of every British Columbian,” Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations Steve Thomson said in a press release. “On this B.C. Day long weekend, have a great holiday, be smart and do your part to prevent fire-related tragedies.”

According to the press release, over a thousand BC Wildfire Service personnel and contractors have been working to battle fire threats this summer. The province says that, with this summers hot and dry weather conditions, there’s no room for negligent fires.

The ministry also expects this summers hot and dry weather conditions to continue into the long weekend and into August, meaning that fires could escalate a lot more quickly than in other conditions.

The release urges anyone planning to have a fire this weekend to adhere to the provincial regulations and regional campfire bans or prohibitions. As of Friday, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires are prohibited through the province.

For more information about the restrictions and campfire bans click here and for information on safe fire practices, click here.