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Recent Wildfire Activity in the Northwest Fire Centre…

SMITHERS, BC: The BC Wildfire Service responded to two wildfires in the Cassiar Fire Zone over the last few days as conditions were hot and dry with isolated lightning activity.

Initial Attack Crews in British Columbia suppress approximately 94 per cent of all new wildfires due to their quick and effective response.

The Northwest Fire Centre (NWFC) weather forecasters are calling for continued sunshine and elevated temperatures that will continue to dry fuels in the northern parts of the fire centre. The public is reminded to be cautious in all outdoor activities as above seasonal temperatures continue, particularly in the Cassiar and Northern Skeena Fire Zones.

Burn piles have the potential to burn deep into the ground and continue to smoulder. With continued above seasonal temperatures and dry conditions these fires can re-emerge, posing a wildfire threat.

Lighting a fire in windy conditions can cause a grass fire to spread very quickly and should be avoided. Local winds are often strongest in the afternoon and just as the sun is going down.

If a wildfire occurs as a result of your burning, you may be found responsible for the government’s fire control costs and any related damages to Crown resources. In addition, there are administrative penalties of up to $100,000 that may be levied for failing to comply with your obligations under the Wildfire Act and Regulation.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, 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, download the new BC Wildfire Service app, or visit
www.bcwildfire.ca.

Written and released by BC Wildfire Service.

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