Wildfire Crews Busy in the Cariboo
Williams Lake, B.C. – The BC Wildfire Service is busy battling two new fires in the Cariboo.
Fire information officer Emily Epp says one is approximately 2.6 hectares in size and burning in the Anahim’s Flat area. Ten firefighters responded last night and are on scene again today.
The other wildlife is located in the Canoe Creek area and is estimated at 60 hectares in size. She says the Cariboo Fire Centre is on site assessing the fire to determine further action.
Despite the size, Epp says no structures or property are threatened at this time. She says both blazes are suspected to be human-caused.
Along with the fires, Epp says all open burning other than campfires will be prohibited throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre as of noon, April 4.
She cautions people to check for changing conditions this weekend as it’s expected to be windy.
Epp also advises that if your fire escapes, you may be liable for fire suppression costs and damages.
She says in 2009 for example, a member of the public in the Cariboo was fined just under $900,000 for causing a wildfire due to unsafe burning practices.
To report a wildfire, abandoned campfire or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or dial *5555 on your cell phone.