Campers and hikers not getting message of forest fire safety

Large numbers of people given warnings over the past weekend

A forest fire in the Shuswap near Chase

Despite earlier media reports, there were not 78 tickets issued for unattended or abandoned campfires in the southeast fire centre last weekend. Still, the situation was far from ideal and officials are concerned that many campers and hikers are not getting the message or understanding the rules that should be followed with respect to campfire safety.

Last weekend, there was a significant spike in instances of unattended or abandoned campfires but most resulted in verbal warnings according to Jordan Turner, fire information officer with the Wildfire Management Branch. Earlier information about 78 tickets issued was incorrect.

“That would have been a record-breaking number [of tickets],” said Turner. “We had a quite a few fire wardens out this weekend [in the Southeast sector] and we did have the most unattended campfires found in the province.

“There were a lot of issues throughout the fire centre either with unattended or abandoned campfires. There are simple rules in place and they are very rarely followed.”

Turner said those rules include having 8 litres of water and a hand tool like a shovel on site, keeping it constantly attended and keeping it within a half metre by half metre.

With increasing hot weather, the fire danger rating for much of the province is increasing and campers and hikers are urged to be vigilant with fires.

If smoke or fire is spotted in B.C. forests, call *5555 from your cell phone to report the location.







Just Posted

BC senior championship: Tie breakers to decide men’s, Richter goes undefeated in women’s

Marilou’s Richter’s Penticton/Kamloops team cruises to final with perfect record.

Firefighters extinguish early-morning blaze in Rossland

Neighbour alerted family of four, no injuries reported

Rescued snowmobilers ill-prepared for emergency, Castlegar RCMP say

Two men rescued Wednesday night were not ready for overnight in back country

Police share more details on occupants and suspicious van in Fruitvale

Vehicle in question offered young girl a ride to school on Feb. 19

Senior curling provincials setting up for exciting finish

Standings tight as Senior curling teams push for provincial playoffs

Indigenous leaders, politicians say Trans Mountain report flawed

The National Energy Board has endorsed an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline a second time

UPDATE: B.C. ticket holder winner of $25.9-million Lotto Max jackpot

Next draw set for Mar. 1 with an estimated jackpot of $10 million

B.C.-based ‘Team Tardi’ bring home gold in junior curling worlds

In a 9-4 victory over Switzerland, a Langley-based curling team earned its 2nd straight world title

People gather for funeral of seven children killed in fast-moving Halifax fire

Traditional portion of the service will be followed by words from community members

B.C. weavers to help Alaska Native project honouring survivors of violence

Dozens of Chilkat and Ravenstail weavers from all over North America will be weaving 5-inch-by-5-inch squares

B.C. skip Sarah Wark and team eliminated at Scotties Tournament of Hearts

Nontheless pretty impressive stuff from the 24th-ranked team in the country

Pope’s sex abuse prevention summit explained

It’s A high-stakes meeting designed to impress on Catholic bishops the global problem

Sledder dies near Fernie

Fernie Search and Rescue was tasked by the RCMP to respond to a sledder in medical distress

Girl heard saying ‘Help my Dad’ in suspicious radio message on Vancouver Island

Police asking for help following mysterious signals from somewhere between Comox and Sayward

Most Read