PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The Conservation Officer Service is investigating 10 forest fires to determine if they were caused by arson.
According to the Province of B.C., 10 fires have been handed over to the Conservation Officer Service for arson investigations. The B.C. Wildfire service is currently responding to 55 wildfires in the Prince George Fire Centre (which includes all of Northeast B.C.). Of the 55 fires, 49 are in the Peace Region.
Compared to the 10 year average, the Prince George Fire Centre has had nearly three times the amount of fires normally seen at this time of year with over seven times the amount of hectares burned.
The majority of the fires have been caused due to open burning. The public is urged to follow open burning prohibitions to help prevent human-caused fires.
Category 2 open fires are prohibited throughout the entire Prince George Fire Centre. Category 3 open fires are also prohibited in the Fort St. John, Fort Nelson and Dawson Creek natural resource districts.
The Prince George Fire Centre has been able to keep the majority of recent fire starts small and in the initial attack stages. This has largely been due to prompt reports from the public. The BC Wildfire Service thanks the public for their continued help reporting wildfires and illegal open burning by calling 1 800 663-5555 or *5555 on a cell phone.