A large number of abandoned campfires and above-normal temperatures across the Southeast Fire Centre have fire officials urging hunters and recreationalists to be extremely careful with campfires in the backcountry.
Fire wardens discovered 98 abandoned campfires over the last week alone. Abandoned campfires can and do start wildfires. So far this season, nine campfires have escaped and caused wildfires.
A rare weather occurrence in the Southeast has many areas in higher elevations experiencing similar or, in some cases, even hotter and drier conditions to those in valley bottoms. With lightning and hot, dry conditions anticipated, it is critical that the public remains vigilant.
The fire danger rating is currently high with pockets of extreme in the Boundary Fire Zone, low to moderate in the Columbia Fire Zone and high throughout all other zones.
- Since April 1, the Southeast Fire Centre has responded to 108 wildfires. Forty-nine of those fires were person-caused.
- Leaving a campfire unattended can result in a $345 fine. If your campfire causes a wildfire, you may also be held liable for suppression costs and damages.
- To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call *5555 on your cellphone or toll-free to 1 800 663-5555.
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Fire Information Officer
Southeast Fire Centre
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