“Around Fort St. John and Dawson Creek, there’s mainly a high fire danger rating, and the Chetwynd area is actually in an extreme rating,” said Jill Chimko, fire information officer for the regional fire centre. “It’s just lack of precipitation in the area over a period of time that normally brings the fire danger rating up.”
She added those ratings wouldn’t likely be reduced unless the areas in question experience some level of precipitation.
There are currently no fire bans in affect in the region, but Chimko said people who plan on camping should exercise caution with campfires.
“Make sure they are completely put out before you leave the area,” she said, adding campers should keep water and tools on hand to ensure fires are completely out. “Before you start a campfire, check on the weather conditions for the area, and if it is extremely windy, you should think twice before starting a campfire.”
She added it’s important the public take precautions to prevent man-made forest fires so the fire centre can focus its resources on lightning-caused fires, which are more common this time of year.