Despite media coverage of B.C. wildfires and warnings to those venturing out into the province's great outdoors, some British Columbians continue to remain careless with their use of fire.
Accordingly, the B.C. Wildfire Service issued another reminder on August 7 urging citizens to be more cautious when using fire or other activities in backcountry.
During the B.C. Day long weekend, B.C. fire wardens discovered a total of 32 abandoned campfires that they had to extinguish. The B.C. Wildfire Service pointed out in a news release that if ashes from a campfire aren’t cold to the touch, the fire hasn’t been thoroughly extinguished.
Anyone who leaves a campfire unattended for any length of time could receive a fine of $1,150.
If the campfire contributes to a wildfire, the individual responsible may have to pay for all firefighting and associated costs, in addition to the value of resources damaged or destroyed by the fire.
The B.C. Wildlife Service stated in a news release that human-caused wildfires, which are preventable, divert firefighting resources away from naturally occurring wildfires.
As of August 8, the B.C. Wildlife Service has recorded a total of 618 fires in the province (since April 1) with a total area of 19,908 hectares burned.
Anyone who needs to report a wildfire, unattended campfire, or open burning violation can call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.
For more information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures, and air-quality advisories, visit the B.C. Wildfire Service website.