Kamloops councillor urges caution as fire risk increases

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or violation, call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on a cellphone

A Kamloops councillor wants to remind residents to be “careful” as the wildfire risk increases.

Earlier this week, category 2 and category 3 open fires were restricted in the Kamloops Fire Centre to prevent human-caused wildfires. On Friday, fire danger ratings in that area, which covers south central B.C. from Blue River to the U.S .border, ranged from moderate to extreme.

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Coun. Arjun Singh advised residents to take into consideration any activity that could cause a spark, flame or smouldering. Smokers should snuff out butts with water and recreational vehicle enthusiasts should avoid the backcountry, he said.

“The Elephant Hill fire was human caused,” Singh said. “It just breaks my heart to think it could have been avoided.”

On Thursday, Singh attended a meeting on emergency management via his role as president of the Union of BC Municipalities. He noted that after two bad fire seasons, the situation will not get any easier as drought conditions across the province increase.

“People have to be very, very, very vigilant,” Singh said. “Very careful. We’re in a situation where one mistake could put a lot of things in jeopardy.”

Those who contravene the fire ban may receive a ticket for $1,150. A court could hold someone liable for up to $100,000. If a wildfire occurs, the responsible person could be required to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or violation, call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on a cellphone.

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