Despite the change in weather conditions, the Wildfire Management Branch urges the public to use caution when participating in recreational activities in the backcountry or using any open flame.
Over the past week, Wildfire Management Branch crews have responded to eight new fires in the Cariboo Fire Centre, six of which were human-caused. These incidents serve as reminders to remain vigilant with any recreational activities or open fires, and to have plans in place to extinguish any fire that may occur or escape.
The fire danger rating is currently “high” or “moderate” throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre, with some pockets rated “extreme”. Although this weekend’s weather forecast indicates cloudy skies, cooler temperatures and scattered showers, these conditions may not be sufficient to significantly lower the fire danger rating. Forest fuels require sustained precipitation to regain moisture and a return to warm and dry conditions could increase the wildfire risk rapidly.
Before lighting a campfire, you must have a shovel or at least eight litres of water nearby to extinguish the fire. Ensure that your campfire is completely out and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time. Anyone riding an all-terrain vehicle or dirt bike should check the condition of the muffler, stay on dirt paths and avoid tall grasses and weeds.
Homeowners are reminded to consult the Homeowner’s FireSmart Manual and take appropriate precautions before conducting any open burning. To view the manual, visit: http://bcwildfire.ca/FightingWildfire/safety/pamphlets/FireSmart-BC4.pdf
Category 3 open fires are currently prohibited in the Cariboo Fire Centre. For up-to-date information on burning restrictions or current wildfire activity, visit: www.bcwildfire.ca or call 1 888 3-FOREST.
To report smoke, flames or an unattended open fire, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or dial *5555 on a cellphone.
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Fire Information Officer
Wildfire Management Branch
Cariboo Fire Centre