Abandoned campfires and hot weather cause concern

press release from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Southeast Fire Centre

  • Aug. 7, 2012 2:00 p.m.

CASTLEGAR – A surge in the number of abandoned campfires, combined with high temperatures throughout the Southeast Fire Centre, has fire officials urging recreationalists to be extremely careful with campfires.

Fire wardens responded to 34 abandoned campfires over the B.C. Day long weekend, raising the number of abandoned campfires to 133 this season. Abandoned campfires can start wildfires. This season, nine campfires have escaped and caused wildfires.

With lightning in the forecast and hot and dry conditions anticipated, it is critical that the public remains vigilant.

The Fire Danger Rating is currently high in the Southeast Fire Centre with the exception of the Columbia Fire Zone, which is low to moderate.

Quick Facts:

* Since April 1, the Southeast Fire Centre has responded to 49

wildfires, 28 of which were person-caused.

* Leaving a campfire unattended can result in a $345 fine. If your

campfire causes a wildfire, you may also be held liable for suppression

costs and damages.

* To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call *5555 on your cell

phone or 1 800 663-5555 toll-free.