With the long weekend in full swing and warm weather expected for most of it, the BC Wildfire Service is reminding people to be cautious with regards to open fire.
The service says dry conditions throughout the province have significantly risen the risk of a wildfire.
They’re reminding the public campfires are restricted to a half metre by half metre in size, and are recommending to keep a shovel and plenty of water on hand.
Anyone caught breaking campfire restrictions could be issued a ticket for up to $11 hundred and 50 dollars.
Other tips from the BC Wildfire Service:
- Do not light a campfire or keep it burning in windy conditions. Weather can change quickly and the wind may carry embers to other combustible material.
- Maintain a one-metre fireguard around the campfire. This is a fuel-free area where all flammable materials (grass, kindling, etc.) have been removed.
- Never leave a campfire unattended.
- Make sure that the campfire is completely extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.