While the fires were relatively small, the largest consumed roughly seven hectares or the equivalent of 14 football fields.
Grass fires are common at this time of year and can occur despite cool temperatures and snow in the mountains. They can also spread quickly in dry or windy conditions.
Homeowners should take the following precautions to help prevent human-caused fires:
* Never burn when it is windy as winds can carry embers to other combustible materials and start new fires.
* Have enough water and hand tools nearby to control your fire, keeping in mind that winds can materialize quickly, even on a seemingly calm day.
* Ensure that all other combustible materials are cleared well away from the fire.
* Never leave your fire unattended at any time. Before leaving an area, douse the ashes with enough water that they are cold to the touch.
* Check with local government agencies for current burning bylaws.
* If you are planning to do any large-scale industrial burning (category three), obtain a burn registration number ahead of time by calling 1-888 797-1717. More information is available at http://bcwildfire.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/Bans.asp.
In British Columbia, the Wildfire Act specifies a person's legal obligations when using fire on or within one kilometre of forest land or grassland. If an outdoor burn escapes and causes a wildfire, a person may be responsible for suppression costs.
The Province thanks the public for its continued efforts in preventing wildfires. If you see flames, smoke or an abandoned campfire, please call *5555 on your cellphone or toll-free to 1 800 663-5555.
Media Contact: Lindsay Carnes
Fire Information Officer
Northwest Fire Centre
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