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Archive for March 2016

Fire Restrictions Starting April 4th

For Immediate Release

2016FLNR0043-000485

March 30, 2016

 

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations BC Wildfire Service

 

INFORMATION BULLETIN

Burning restrictions set to start next week in Cariboo

 

WILLIAMS LAKE – Due to the current dry conditions, the Cariboo Fire Centre will be prohibiting Category 2 and Category 3 fires, as of noon on April 4, 2016, to help prevent human-caused fires and protect the public.

 

Since March 1, 13 fires have burned 42 hectares in the Cariboo Fire Centre. BC Wildfire Service crews or local fire departments extinguished these fires, which were all human-caused and resulted from grass burning or pile burning.

 

The Cariboo Fire Centre stretches from Loon Lake near Clinton in the south to the Cottonwood River near Quesnel in the north and from Tweedsmuir Provincial Park in the west to Wells Gray Provincial Park in the east.

 

This is a good time of year for people to consult the newly updated Homeowner’s FireSmart Manual to learn about reducing wildfire hazards on private property. It is available at: http://bit.ly/1UAxuDt

 

However, the BC Wildfire Service urges anyone planning to conduct an open burn before April 4 to use caution to help reduce the number of preventable wildfires.

 

Anyone igniting a fire outdoors must watch for changing weather conditions and ensure that enough people, water and tools are on hand to control the fire and prevent it from escaping.  The public is urged to follow all burning regulations. Before conducting a burn, people should also check with their local fire department, municipality and regional district to find out if any burning restrictions or bylaws are in effect.

 

Anyone planning to do any large-scale industrial burning, burn more than two piles of any size or conduct a grass burn larger than 0.2 hectares (Category 3 fires), must first obtain a burn registration number by calling 1 888 797-1717. Burn registration numbers are available free of charge.

 

A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online at: http://bit.ly/1GlhE9l

 

People are also required check venting conditions before conducting an open burn. If venting conditions are rated “poor” or “fair”, open burning is restricted. The venting index can be found at: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/epdpa/venting/venting.html

 

If a fire escapes, the person responsible may be held liable for fire suppression costs and damages. In 2009, for example, a person in the Cariboo was fined just under $900,000 for causing a wildfire due to unsafe open burning practices. It’s the responsibility of the individual to ensure that the open burn is conducted in a safe and responsible manner and in accordance with current burning restrictions.

 

Up-to-date information on burning prohibitions and current wildfire activity can be obtained by calling 1 888 3-FOREST or online at:  http://www.bcwildfire.ca

 

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Fires

For Immediate Release

March 31, 2016

 

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations BC Wildfire Service

 

INFORMATION BULLETIN

Two new wildfires sparked in the Cariboo

 

WILLIAMS LAKE – The BC Wildfire Service is responding to two new wildfires in the Cariboo Fire Centre. Both fires are suspected to be human-caused.

 

One of these incidents is in the Anahim’s Flat area and is about 2.6 hectares in size. Ten fire fighters responded last night and are on scene again today working to contain the fire.

 

The second wildfire is located in the Canoe Creek area and is estimated at 60 hectares in size. The Cariboo Fire Centre is on site assessing the fire to determine further action. No structures or property are threatened at this time.

 

All open burning, other than campfires, will be prohibited throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre as of noon on Monday, April 4. The BC Wildfire Service urges people planning to conduct an open burn before April 4 to use caution to help reduce the number of preventable wildfires.

 

Windy conditions are expected throughout the upcoming weekend. Before lighting any fire, please watch for changing weather conditions and have enough people, water and hand tools ready to keep your fire under control.

 

Be advised that if your fire escapes, you may be liable for fire suppression costs and damages. 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 open burning practices. It is the responsibility of the individual to ensure that they are burning in a safe, responsible manner that is in accordance with current restrictions.

 

To report a wildfire, abandoned campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or dial *5555 on a cellphone.

 

For up-to-date information on current wildfire activity, conditions and prohibitions, visit: www.bcwildfire.ca or call 1 888 3-FOREST.

 

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