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VICTORIA, B.C. –  The Province encourages residents to remain alert as fire season continues, especially during the Labour Day long weekend.

According to the Province, this fire season has been one of the most destructive fire seasons on record. There have been 1,562 wildfires burning more than 865,000 hectares from April 1st to September 1st.

“Our wildfire crews still have significant work ahead of them to bring existing wildfires under control as they work to keep British Columbians safe,” said Katrine Conroy, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development.

“Let’s not add human-caused fires to their workload during this long and challenging fire season.”

Anyone looking to spend time outdoors this weekend and beyond is encouraged to use caution with any activity that has the potential to start a wildfire. Human-caused fires are preventable and can divert firefighting resources from naturally occurring wildfires or any fire that is already burning.

Campfires are currently allowed within the BC Wildfire’s jurisdiction in the following areas:

Larger Category 2 and 3 open burns are prohibited throughout the province until September 7th at noon.

More information can be found on the Province’s website.

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