Expect Extra Patrols This Long Weekend
Prince George, B.C. – Those heading out into the backcountry this long weekend can expect to see stepped up patrols province-wide.
It’s an extra step the provincial government is taking to ensure everyone has as safe and happy few days.
To ensure fire prohibitions are followed for example, the government’s natural resource officers and conservation officers will be out in full force.
The BC Wildfire Service is also reminding people to be vigilant and help prevent the spread of wildfires this weekend.
So far this year, the BC Wildfire Service has responded to over 850 wildfires – over 340 of which were sparked by humans.
Some of those fires were started by improperly extinguished campfires (prior to the issuing of the ban), discarded cigarettes and sparking vehicles.
Campfires and open fires are banned throughout B.C., except for Haida Gwaii and the “Fog Zone” on the west side of Vancouver Island.
Ensuing proper maintenance on vehicles is also important to help mitigate sparking wildfires. For instance, locked brakes, or dragging sway bars or safety chains can create sparks.
Installing spark arrestors on all-terrain vehicles, checking the condition of mufflers, regularly clearing build-ups of grass can help mitigate the risk.
To report a wildfire or open-burning violation this weekend call toll-free 1-800-663-555 or *5555 on a cellphone.
Those caught violating fire bans may face a fine, be forced to pick up the cost of the wildfire they cause, or go to jail.
Yesterday our friends and neighbours had to extinguish a small blaze. It appears that someone was having a bush party along the Nechako riverbank last night and decided that a campfire was a good idea.
We were very lucky that someone spotted the smoke before it got out of hand. It could have easily wiped out the entire neighbourhood.
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