Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Campers Urged to Take Care with Campfires as Heat Hikes Fire Danger

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Campers Urged to Take Care with Campfires as Heat Hikes Fire Danger

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Hot weather raises fire risk across B.C.

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VANCOUVER - Strong winds and high temperatures are forecast across much of British Columbia this weekend, and the BC Wildfire Service says that could increase fire activity.

A release from the wildfire service says fire danger ratings in B.C. are generally moderate to high, but it also lists many areas of extreme risk, and warns the danger could climb as the dry weather continues.

A campfire ban is in effect throughout the Coastal Fire Centre, except in Haida Gwaii and along a thin band of western Vancouver Island.

Bans in two interior zones of the Northwest Fire Centre come into effect Friday but the wildfire service says campfires are allowed elsewhere, although local governments can impose their own restrictions.

After several small but potentially dangerous wildfires, the Regional District of Central Okanagan has prohibited campfires as of noon Friday. …

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