The BC Wildfire Service is urging the public to be more careful with fire use.
Over the B.C. Day long weekend, fire wardens discovered and extinguished 32 abandoned campfires. The service noted that if ashes from a campfire are not cold to the touch, the campfire has not been fully extinguished.
Anyone who leaves a campfire unattended for any length of time may be issued a ticket for $1,150. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs, as well as the value of the resources damaged or destroyed by the wildfire.
The fire danger rating in the Kamloops Fire Centre is generally moderate to high, with pockets of extreme ratings near Lytton, Princeton and parts of the Southern Okanagan region.
Since Aug. 2, the BC Wildfire Service has responded to five new fire starts in the Kamloops Fire Centre, two of which were caused by lightning. Since April 1, the service has responded to 118 wildfires in the Kamloops Fire Centre, which have burned 1,696 hectares to date. Of those fires, 26 were caused by lightning and 92 are suspected to be human-caused.
Report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation by calling 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.
For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go online to bcwildfire.ca.