More strong winds are expected in the Kamloops Fire Centre on Friday, ahead of a turn to showers in the weather forecast, leading the BC Wildfire Service to urge the public and industry to exercise extreme caution when conducting any outdoor burning and consider postponing burning if feasible.
The Kamloops Fire Centre will see moderate gusty surface winds as the result of a surface trough across the region. Winds are expected to blow at 20 to 30 km/h, with stronger gusts.
The BC Wildfire Service is urging members of the public to not conduct any open burning until the windy conditions pass as wind can cause grass fires to spread quickly, as has already been seen earlier this spring.
As of April 23, there have been 121 wildfires in B,.C., 30 of which remain active. Fifteen of those active blazes are in the Kamloops Fire Centre, which stretches from the Lillooet area in the west to east of Vernon and from the Canada/U.S. border in the south to Wells Gray Provincial Park in the north.
It is the responsibility of the individual to ensure that burning is done in a safe manner and is in accordance with regulations. Before lighting any fire, it is advised to monitor the upcoming weather forecast and check with local governments to determine if any local burning restrictions are in place.
Anyone conducting an outdoor burn must adhere to the following precautions:
• Ensure that adequate resources are on hand to control the fire and stop it from spreading;
• Never burn in windy conditions. Weather conditions can change quickly, and the wind may carry
embers to other combustible material and start new fires;
• Create an appropriately sized fireguard around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass,
leaves and other combustible material, right down to the mineral soil;
• Never leave a fire unattended;
• Make sure that any fire is completely extinguished, and the ashes are cold to the touch before
leaving the area for any length of time
Anyone wishing to light a Category 3 open fire must obtain a burn registration number ahead of time by calling 1-888-797-1717. A burn registration number is not required to light a Category 2 open fire.
For more information regarding the Ventilation Index and Open Burning and Smoke Control Regulations, please visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/air/air-pollution/smoke-burning/ventilation-index
To report a wildfire, unattended campfire, or open burning violation, please call 1 800 663-5555
toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone.