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Abandoned Campfire Causes 1.5 Hectare Blaze

13 firefighters and one helicopter are on site of a wildfire caused by an abandoned campfire near Suey Bay on Horsefly Lake extinguishing any remaining hot-spots.

Fire Information Officer Emily Epp says over the last weekend BC Wildfire Services responded to five new wildfires in the Cariboo Fire Centre, four of which were human-caused.

“We have been receiving reports of people not complying with the campfire ban and we are conducting patrols with the Compliance and Enforcement Branch and the Conservation Office Services to help ensure people are adhering to the campfire ban or to the regulations if campfires are allowed in their area,” she said.

“Last weekend the Compliance and Enforcement Branch and Conservation Services patrolled 186 campsites in the Cariboo Fire Centre and two tickets were issued for an over-sized campfire and an abandoned campfire.”

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Campfires remain banned West of the Fraser River which Epp says is one of the driest areas within the province.

Campfires no larger than 0.5 meters high by 0.5 meters wide are currently allowed east of the Fraser River as well within the rest of the province’s fire centres (Coastal, Northwest, Prince George, Kamloops, and Southeast).

Epp says patrols will be conducted all throughout the Labour Day long weekend.

Members of the public can report abandoned campfires or open burning violations by calling 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone.

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