British Columbia’s Chief Fire Information Officer says the number of human caused fires in the province this time of year is alarming.
Fire crews are off to an early start this year.
Kevin Skrepnek says the unusual number of fires puts the province above its ten-year average.
But Skrepnek says what’s more concerning is how many are human caused.
“Of the 163 fires we’ve responded to since April 1st, only three of those have been lightning-caused.”
He hopes a recent increase in fines will bring the number down.
“Anyone found in contravention of a burning prohibition could be fined $1150 dollars, quite an increase from the previous fines which was $345.
There are currently 83 active fires in the province, most in northeastern B.C.