UPDATES: Fire officials warning about wildfires as weekend heats up

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

As the hot weather continues to roll in fire crews are on stand by in all six of BC’s fire centres.

Navi Saini ¬†of the Wildfire Management Branch says even if campfires aren’t banned in your area – you need to be careful.

“Fires should be no larger than half a meter by half a meter in size. And always make sure you have tools available nearby to properly put out that fire.”

Saini says as the Tumbler Ridge Fire continues to rage through, these are good tips to keep in mind to avoid more dangerous situations.
An Incident Management Team is arriving from Ontario Sunday to assist in fire suppression efforts.

Meanwhile, Surrey Fire and Rescue is reminding residents that camp fires and bonfires are not permitted this summer.

Assistant Fire Chief Brian Woznikoski says brush fires are on the rise.

“We noticed is what people may do is there could be a careless discarding of cigarettes, with the hot summer weather, and that increases the risk of fire admission in these warm, dry conditions. And we have noticed this week in Surrey there has been a little bit of an upsurge in calls with grass fires or bark mulch fires due to the warm, dry conditions that we’re seeing.”

He adds the only way you can do open burning on your property is by obtaining a permit.

Comments

  1. Can we now make it illegal for people to chuck their butts either out car windows or stamping them on the ground? How dare smokers feel it is OK to litter, to say nothing of contributing to a potential fire hazard. A substantial fine may curtail these unacceptable behaviours!

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