As of noon today the open burning ban that’s in place in the Prince George Fire Centre will be lifted. A release from the Government of British Columbia states cooler temperatures and rain in the area has lowered the risk of fires.
The release also notes that while the ban will be lifted, burning must be done safely. The Province recommends the following steps in doing so:
– Ensure that enough people, water and tools are on hand to control the fire and prevent it from escaping.
– Do not burn during windy conditions. Weather conditions can change quickly and the wind may carry embers to other combustible material and start new fires.
– Create a fireguard at least one metre around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material.
– Never leave a fire unattended.
– Make sure that the fire is completely extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.