The BC Wildfire Service is asking the public to remain cautious during Canada Day celebrations and while camping this long weekend.
The Prince George Fire Centre is one of a few in BC without a firework or campfire ban. However, conditions are expected to be dry. “The fire rating danger throughout the Prince George Fire Centre is about ‘low’ to ‘moderate’ east of the Rockies. Then west of the Rockies, it’s ‘moderate’ to ‘high’,” says Amanda Reynolds, the Fire Information Officer of the BC Wildfire Service in Prince George. “Prince George’s zone is in the ‘high’ category, and Vanderhoof is now in ‘extreme’. We are expecting another warm and dry weekend.”
The public is being urged to do their part so everyone can have a safe and happy long weekend. “Just asking the public to make sure they are following all of the recommendations when having a campfire and using fireworks,” says Reynolds. “For fireworks, making sure that you are lighting them off in an open area. Making sure that you do have water on hand. With a campfire, we ask they never leave an unattended campfire. Making sure that it is always extinguished before you leave. It’s always a good idea to have water; up to 8 litres of water, and a hand tool. Make sure that you are checking with the conditions while you are having your campfire. If it is windy it is probably best to be putting your campfire out because embers could spread to forest areas and could potentially start a wildfire. ”
Should you see a wildfire or an unattended campfire, BC Wildfire Service asks you contact 1-800-663-5555, or dial star 5555.