“The Wildfire Management Branch urges those who are harvesting to be extra cautious and watch for any sparks or smoke,” the branch’s press release reads. “Please have resources on hand to extinguish any new fires that may start.”
The fire danger rating in the Peace region is currently “high”, and the sparks generated from crop harvesting has resulted in fires, some of which the management branch says have grown to 3 hectares in size.
These fires, which the branch is calling “preventable person-caused”, are diverting critical resources away from natural, lightning-caused fires.
In its latest report Sunday, the branch reported 15 new weekend fires in the province, 5 of them human caused.
Forest and grass fuels throughout the Prince George Fire Centre are very dry and the fire risk is serous.
“New fires may start easily, burn vigorously, and challenge fire suppression efforts,” the branch goes on to say. “Hot and dry weather conditions are expected to continue over the next week.”
You can report a wildfire or unattended campfire by calling 1 800 663 5555 toll free, or 85555 on a cell phone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to www.bcwildfire.ca.