Public reminded to be cautious with fire


Hot and dry weather is in the forecast for the entire Prince George Fire Centre , this includes the Peace River Regional District. 

Members of the public are urged to be extra cautious with any fire, and report any smoke or wildfires that they see.

Since April 1, 2018, the BC Wildfire Service has responded to 48 fires within the Prince George Fire Centre, all which are believed to have been human-caused. These kinds of wildfires are entirely preventable and divert valuable resources from naturally occurring fires, including those sparked by lightning. With northeast B.C. experiencing unseasonably dry and windy conditions, forests and grasslands in the region are very susceptible to wildfires.

The BC Wildfire Service strongly recommends that anyone who conducted a Category 2 or Category 3 open burn within the last 12 months check the burn site to ensure that the fire was completely extinguished. Some of the wildfires that have occurred this season have been caused by burn piles that were not properly extinguished.

A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online: http://ow.ly/znny309kJv5

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, please call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For up-to-date information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, call 1 888 3-FOREST or visit: www.bcwildfire.ca