Ten new fires over August 6 weekend

While it has been the slowest start to a fire season in a decade, things are starting to heat up slightly.

  • Aug. 18, 2011 11:00 a.m.

While it has been the slowest start to a fire season in a decade, things are starting to heat up slightly.

Across the province and in the Prince George Fire Centre area, it has dried out with the latest spell of hot, sunny weather.

There were 10 new fire starts on the weekend of August 6, all in the northern part of the fire centre, and all caused by lightning.

None of the fires were threatening structures as of last week, and seven were already out by Monday. Two had grown slightly larger, and were being suppressed by 25 firefighters, and one was in a modified response stage, which means they were not suppressing the fire, but monitoring it in case conditions changed.

The fire danger rating is still largely low to moderate, with areas of high further north.

While no burning restrictions are in place, people are cautioned to take care with fire to avoid diverting firefighting resources from naturally-occurring fires.

B.C. still has large amounts of resources in Ontario as well, to assist with their severe fire conditions.

As of August 6, eight waves of firefighters have gone to Ontario to help out with the fire activity there, currently totaling 759 personnel.

Ontario pays for the costs of the additional personnel which can be deployed for up to 19 days, but can also be recalled at anytime if B.C. requires additional resources at home.

To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call *5555 on your cell phone or 1 800 663-5555.

 

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