Southeast Fire Centre warns public to burn smart

The Southeast Fire Centre wants to warn the public to be cautious when burning anything outdoors.

With the snow melting, wildfire season is once again just around the corner and the Southeast Fire Centre wants to warn the public to be cautious when burning anything outdoors.

The melting snow is giving way to dead grass, which the fire centre warns can be highly flammable.

“Almost all wildfires at this time of year are caused by people and therefore are preventable,” reads the press release.

Before burning, check bcwildfire.ca to see if there are any burning restrictions in place. You should also make sure that you have enough people, water and tools to control the fire and prevent it from escaping. In the event that the fire does escape, you could be liable for fire suppression costs and damages.

The Southeast Fire Centre also warns not to burn when it’s windy and to be aware of changing weather conditions. Officials recommend creating “a fireguard at least one metre around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material.”

And of course you should never leave a fire unattended, and should ensure that a fire is fully extinguished and the ashes are cold before you leave the area.

Those planning larger burns must call 1-888-797-1717 to get a burn registration number, which is available free of charge.

 

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