One small flame is all it takes.
As the weather gets warmer, officials warn of a grass fire hazard and the increasing risk of burning outdoors. Senior Protection Officer, Brent Bye says even early on in the season, it’s important to be aware of fire safety. “Those fires travel really quickly and they’re fairly significant in flame length and that kind of thing, so if they’re not careful, and you turn your back on them, they’re much like a toddler who will take off on you.”
Bye mentioned that as people rediscover the back country and their favourite campsites, fire prevention is crucial. “You should have some way of controlling the fire with hand tools or a bucket of water or something that can stop the spread.”
Officials say the snow-pack is melting at a rate much faster than normal for this time of year, which means it won’t take long for the woods to dry out and become flammable, especially in windy conditions. UNBC Atmospheric Sciences Professor, Stephen Dery can attest to that fact, “We can expect low levels in terms of the spring fresh hike coming through this spring and obviously that’s going to dry out our soils as well earlier this year. That means we’ll probably have a busy wildfire season.”
Before conducting a burn, officials remind the public to check with their fire department or regional district for any restrictions or fire bans.