With warmer and drier conditions expected for the next several days the Prince George Fire Centre is encouraging people to play it safe with fire use.
The Prince George Fire Centre has responded to 49 fires since April 15th, all of which are human caused. These fires are now fully extinguished, or in the patrol stages. It is important to remember all human-caused fires are preventable and divert resources from naturally occurring lightning-caused fires.
Those wishing to light a campfire are responsible for:
1. Ensuring that conditions are appropriate to start a campfire.
2. Ensuring that your campfire does not escape.
3. Ensuring that your fire is completely extinguished before leaving the area.
The current weather forecast predicts the current warming and drying trend to continue through the weekend. The fire danger rating is currently low through most of the Prince George Fire Centre but it only takes a couple of warm, dry days for the fire danger rating to increase.
The Prince George Fire Centre (PGFC) covers the eastern portion of the Northern Interior Forest Region and the extreme Northern portion of the Southern Interior Forest Region, which is from the Yukon and Northwest Territories in the North to Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, Cottonwood River and Robson Valley in the South; and from the Alberta border in the East to the Skeena Mountains in the West.
To report a wildfire or unattended campfire call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on most cellular networks. For more information on open fire restrictions or for updates on current wildfire activity, visit www.bcwildfire.ca.