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Warm weather increases wildfire risk

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:27 PDT, Thu July 30, 2020

With warmer weather comes an increased risk of wildfires.

According to the BC Wildfire Service, August is the most active month of BC’s wildfire seasons. So it’s important to use fire safely to prevent human-caused fires from spreading.

From April 1 through July 29, the BC Wildfire Service responded to 239 wildfires across BC. About 85 per cent of them were attributed to human activity.

Campfires, no larger than half a metre high or half a metre wide, are currently allowed in all areas of the province that fall under the BC Wildfire Service’s jurisdiction. But people are urged to use caution and keep plenty of water nearby to fully extinguish campfires.

Larger Category 2 and Category 3 open fires are prohibited in some regions of the province. Up-to-date information about current open burning prohibitions is available online.

Local governments and other jurisdictions (e.g., BC Parks) may have their own burning restrictions or bylaws in place. Fines apply to violations of open-burning prohibitions.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For up-to-date information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, call 1 888 3-FOREST or visit: www.bcwildfire.ca

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