Several abandoned campfires discovered within the Cariboo Fire Centre has the BC Wildfire Service reminding the public to be diligent with their campfire use.
“While there certainly are some people who are taking the proper precautions to extinguish their campfire while leaving the area, there are some people that unfortunately are not doing that,” says Fire Information Officer Natasha Broznitsky.
Broznitsky says although we are getting later into the fall with cooler temperatures it is predicted to be quite windy over the next couple of days.
“There is grass curing in a number of areas around the Cariboo Fire Centre and that coupled with areas that still are showing high fire danger rating particularly west of the Fraser River, there is certainly a risk of fires starting from embers in a campfire particularly if it’s windy.”
Broznitsky adds that they rely on the public’s help in spotting any abandoned or unattended campfire and asks them to report it like any wildfire or open burning violation by calling 1 800 663-5555 or *5555 on a cellphone. Whenever possible, the person submitting the report should include the location of the campfire and any information that could help identify the person responsible, such as a license-plate number or a vehicle description.
Category 2 and Category 3 open fires remain prohibited in the Cariboo Fire Centre.