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Wildfire Service Stresses Fire Restriction Compliance

Saturday, April 23, 2016 @ 6:55 AM

Prince George, B.C. – The B.C. Wildfire Service is reinforcing its advisory issued this week that fire prohibitions are in effect and must be obeyed.

Fire Information Officer Marg Drysdale says the Prince George Fire Centre office has been receiving reports from various areas within the Fire Centre that people are ignoring the prohibitions and are proceeding to light fires in areas in which they are not currently permitted.  She says “while we know that there is a cooling trend right now we ask that people please abide by the prohibitions.  They are in place for a reason.”

Prohibited activities as of noon Wednesday, April 20th include:


-the burning of any waste, slash or other materials

-stubble or grass fires of any size over any area

-the use of burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description

-the use of sky lanterns, tiki torches or fireworks

-the use of stove and other portable campfire apparatuses that are not CSA/ULC approved


These restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.

The prohibition does not ban campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller, and it does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.

Anyone found breaking the prohibition will be subject to a $1,150 ticket, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to a year in jail.

If the contravention leads to a wildfire, the guilty party may be responsible for paying all firefighting and related costs.

The fire danger rating in the Prince George Fire Centre is predominantly moderate, with small pockets to the west and northeast of Prince George listed in the high category.


While I understand the need for the BC wildfire Service to err on the side of caution when issuing fire prohibitions there seems to be a bit of a disconnect between the actual fire danger rating for some districts within the PG fire zone and fire prohibition order. In some areas the fire danger rating is low and yet these restrictions apply. It suggests that maybe the danger rating system is flawed or perhaps the wildfire service is too quick to issue these orders. Either way the wildfire service will risk credibility and people will ignore the bans. This is obviously not something that we want to happen.

maybe we should all stay inside and wrap ourselves in wet blankets until winter.
Get a Grip. Get a Life. Get your head out of your arse BC Wildfire Service.

I view these media releases as being proactive in getting a conversation going out in the public, more awareness in folks when they go camping, out in the bush. Hopefully, we won’t have as many human caused fires this year.
They also probably have a good fix on weather for the coming summer and
hopefully will do some rapid attacks, get them under control faster.

Having a decent bonfire is a thing of the past with the Liberal govt. at the helm! Fix what needs fixing, better communication and faster response times and send out proper equipment from the get go. This wait to see attitude doesn’t work. Hire more fire fighters and spend a few extra dollars on training and rapid response teams. We got 2 inches measured of rain last night… you aren’t going to start a fire even if you tried and threw a pack of matches on the ground.

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