Over the last week there has been little wildfire activity in the Prince George Fire Centre, but current dry conditions in the north are creating high fire danger levels. The Wildfire Management Branch is reminding the public to be vigilant when conducting outdoor burns and to take precautions when enjoying the backcountry.
At this time of year escaped open fires are one of the most common forms of human-caused wildfires. For tips on safe burning, residents are encouraged to consult: www.bcwildfire.ca
When conducting an open burn always take the following precautions:
- Check with local governments or civil authorities about any current burning bylaws or fire restrictions.
- Create a fireguard at least one metre around the fire by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible materials.
- Do not burn during windy conditions. Weather conditions can change quickly and carry embers to other combustible materials and start new fires.
- Never leave a fire unattended.
- Ensure that enough people, water and tools are on hand to control the fire and prevent it from escaping.
- A fire should not be lit near buildings, trees or other combustible materials.
- Make sure that your fire is completely extinguished and the embers are cold before you leave the area.
Anyone planning large-scale industrial burning (Category 3) must call 1-888 797-1717 and obtain a burn registration number ahead of time. More information is available at: http://bcwildfire.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/Bans.asp
Burning should not be done if local air flow will cause the smoke to negatively affect nearby communities or residences. For more information on the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation, visit: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/bcairquality/reports/agttobsc.html
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, the person responsible may be held accountable for damages and fire suppression costs.
To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call 1-800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to http://www.bcwildfire.ca
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Fire Information Officer
Wildfire Management Branch
Prince George Fire Centre