Fire Bans Remain In Place As Weather Set To Become Warmer, Drier

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Though cooler, wetter weather has lowered the Fire Danger Rating across much of Northeastern BC, the weather outlook is forecasting a warm drying trend.

Category 2 open fires are still prohibited throughout the entirety of the Prince George Fire Centre. In addition, Category 3 fires are prohibited in the Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, and Fort Nelson fire districts.

Specifically, the Category 2 open fire prohibition applies to:

* The burning of any waste, slash or other materials.

* Stubble or grass fires over an area less than 2,000 square metres.

* Fireworks, tiki torches, sky lanterns.

* The use of stoves and other portable campfire apparatuses that are not CSA/ULC approved.

This open fire prohibition does not ban campfires that are half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller, nor does it apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.

Since April 1, the BC Wildfire Service has responded to 129 wildfires in the Prince George Fire Centre, burning 89,543 hectares. Of those fires, 95% were human-caused.

A map of the affected areas within the Prince George Fire centre is available here.

Anyone found in contravention of an open fire prohibition may be fined $1,150 or, if convicted in court, may be fined up to $100,000 and sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person may be subject to a penalty of up to $10,000 and be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.