The Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is urging all British Columbians to do their part this year to help prevent wildfires and reduce fire risks.
Cariboo Fire Centre Information Officer Emily Epp says they are seeing drier than normal conditions for this time of year.
“The snow has been melting quickly which is causing the grass to dry out. We also had warm temperatures and some pretty windy days so all of these have led to some conditions which are the reason we put prohibitions in place already.”
Epp says it is concerning for the amount of wildfires they have seen so far this year.
Crews from the Cariboo Fire Centre have responded to 39 fires-all of which have been human caused.
Epp, says although there are restrictions on open burning other than campfires at this time in the Cariboo Fire Centre, there are still somethings property owners can do to help protect their homes and communities from wildfire.
“That can include removing flammable debris away from your home, pruning trees, looking at the different kind of siding or shingles that are used on their house. There’s lots of different ways that people can help reduce the threat of a wildfire affecting their property.”
The recently updated FireSmart Homeowner’s Manual was developed to help people reduce the risk of personal property damage due to wildfires. It contains lots of fire prevention tips and is available online at: http://bit.ly/1RQXFzd
Up-to-date information about current wildfire activity and burning restrictions is available online at: http://www.bcwildfire.ca