Government warning people to remain vigilant when it comes to fires this long weekend

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Labour Day holiday signifies the end of summer, and the beginning of the school year, but that doesn’t mean were out out of the woods when it comes to forest fires.

Everyone is asked to use common sense this weekend when using fires to help prevent human caused fires.

From April 1, 2016, until 12:00 pm yesterday, the BC Wildfire Service responded to 988 wildfires province wide, 466 of which were caused by people. Over 99,317 hectares have been burned so far this fire season.

There are no bans currently in place for fires in Northern BC, but people are still reminded to exercise caution.

As a reminder:

  • Campfires cannot be larger than 0.5 metres high by 0.5 metres wide.
  • Do not light a campfire or keep it burning in windy conditions. Weather can change quickly and the wind may carry embers to other combustible material.
  • Have a hand tool or at least eight litres of water available nearby to properly extinguish your campfire.
  • Maintain a fireguard around the campfire. This is a fuel-free area where all flammable materials (grass, kindling, etc.) have been removed.
  • Never leave a campfire unattended.
  • Make sure that the campfire is completely extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.