Public Urged to be Extra Careful in Back Country this Long Weekend
Prince George, B.C.- Just because much of July was cool and wet, that doesn’t mean the risk of forest fires no longer exists.
Prince George Fire Centre’s spokesperson, Amanda Reynolds says the cool wet conditions of much of July have been pretty much negated by the sunshine and heat of recent days ” We’ve seen a drying trend over the past few days and our Centre has received temperatures in the upper 20’s. The forecast for the weekend calls for some spotty precipitation in the Fort St. John and Fort Nelson areas and a band of precipitation should be hitting Prince George either Saturday or Sunday. so we’ve had some hot temperatures and while the forecast may be calling for cooler temperatures on the weekend, fuels have dried out and we’re urging the public to be cautious when doing any open burning or having a campfire this weekend.”
As of noon yesterday, most of the Prince George Fire Centre has a danger rating of “moderate” but Reynolds, says there are regions in the Ft. St. John and Fort Nelson area that are classed as being a “high” danger rating.
There are no fire bans in place in the Prince George Fire Centre, campfires, category 2 and three fires are being allowed, but Reynolds says anyone heading out camping or into the back country should make sure their campfires are completely extinguished “We don’t want to be using our resources to put out abandoned campfires, we need to save those resources for actual wildfires.”