BC’s Wildfire Service is reminding everyone to prevent extreme incidents when starting any kind of small blaze including campfires.
“We are asking the public to be making sure that their camp-fire is no larger than half-metre high by half-metre wide, and, first and foremost, to never leave a campfire unattended,” says Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds of just some of the precautions everyone should consider.
Since the beginning of April of this year, the Service has reported to 237 wildfires across the province, with two-thirds of them being caused by people.
Reynolds adds there’s usually a spike for incidents during this time of year.
“It is your responsibility to make sure that your campfire is properly extinguished. We’re also reminding anyone riding an all-terrain vehicle that they should have a spark arrestor installed, stay on dirt paths and avoid tall grass to reduce the wildfire risk.”
Reynolds also advises smokers to dispose of cigarette butts and other materials properly.
According to BC Wildfire, anyone found responsible for an open burning prohibition could receive a fine up to $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000, or a fine of $100,000 and one year in jail if convicted in court.
Campfires in the Cariboo Fire Centre were prohibited as of noon on June 29 west of the Fraser River.