A campfire ban in the Coastal Fire Centre will be expanded just days after first being introduced as the temperatures continue to soar.
Fire Information officer Marg Drysdale says with the exception of the Haida Gwaii as of noon Thursday campfires will be banned in the entire Coastal Fire Centre.
Drysdale says they are hoping to reduce the amount of human caused fires.
“Our fires to date are 91. Lightning caused is 24 although we should see that go up a little bit. Person caused is 67. We did see two new lightning caused fires. One was on the island and one was in the Fraser Valley.”
Drysdale says it is not just the scorching heat driving up the wildfire risk.
“Well there is the risk that things are going to rise as far as the heat goes but wea re also going to be seeing some lightning through the Pemberton and North Fraser areas of the Coastal Fire Centre. We are also going to be seeing some winds. We did take a couple lightning strikes over the last two days.”
She says a fire near Parksville is under control while crews battle flames at the other blaze near Hope.
A baseball field sized brush fire is also burning near Mission in Davis Lake Provincial park.