Twelve new fire starts reported in Prince George Fire Centre

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — In light of a weekend weather forecast is calling for mainly dry and warm conditions, with temperatures above seasonal averages throughout the region, the BC Wildfire Service is encouraging the public to exercise caution with any outdoor burning.Since April 1, 12 fires have burned 88 hectares in the Prince George Fire Centre — covering an area from the Northwest Territories and Yukon to Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, Cottonwood River and Robson Valley in the south, and to the Alberta border in the east as well as Skeena Mountains in the west.Crews and local fire departments have extinguished four of them, but eight others are still on the patrol stage.- Advertisement -“All of these fires are suspected to have been caused by people and resulted from grass burning or pile burning,” a press release from the government states. “No fire of any size should ever be left unattended.”Anyone wishing to light an open fire has to watch for changing weather conditions and follow all burning regulations to reduce the number of preventable wildfires. Those planning to do any large-scale industrial burning, larger than a fifth of a hectare, must obtain a burn registration number ahead of time.People are also required to check venting conditions before conducting an open burn. If venting conditions are poor or fair, open burning is restricted.Advertisementlast_img

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