Northwest Fire Centre urges caution

With the mercury rising this week, extra caution must be exercised to prevent wildfires.

 

With the mercury in Smithers expected to hit 30 Celsius this week, the Northwest Fire Centre is urging everyone to exercise extreme caution to prevent wildfires.

“The fire danger is increasing,” Suzanne Pearce, fire information office, said in regards to the rising temperatures that are expected to continue all week.

Pearce said the gusting wind is also a big concern for the fire centre, as it could spark a wildfire.

“Extinguish fires if it’s windy,” Pearce explained.

She also advises people to not light a fire in the first place in windy conditions.

Although the fire rating is currently moderate to high, Pearce said no restrictions on forest recreation use have been put in place.

“We haven’t been considering a campfire ban.”

In order for the fire centre to take this step, Pearce said these hot conditions must be sustained for a prolonged period of time in our region.

Homeowners should also take a proactive step, and take a look around their homes to see what measures they could take to reduce the effect of a wildfire if one were to come near their neighbourhood in these hot and dry conditions.

This is especially a concern as more homes are being built in urban interfaces (on the edge of forests), such as at cabins, Pearce said.

Although, the rating in Smithers may be moderate to high, Pearce encourages those travelling to the backcountry to look at the fire rating map, as pockets around our urban centre are seeing a fire rating of high to extreme.

“The Lakes District is seeing high to extreme,” she added.

To access the fire rating map, visit www.bcwildfire.ca

 

Just Posted

Coastal GasLink gets interim injunction against Unist’ot’en

The LNG pipeline company can start work Monday with enforcement approved by court.

They’re engaged!

Birthday party turns into engagement party for Doug and Matilda

Hampers a chance to help in the Christmas spirit

SCSA sends around 350-400 hampers to the area from Witset to Telkwa.

Volunteers create Christmas magic at Santa’s Breakfast

PHOTOS: For the past 19 years, a local event helped remind us that Christmas is a time of giving.

Most intervenor requests in crucial natural gas pipeline case rejected

At stake is whether gas pipeline to LNG Canada plant should fall under federal jurisdiction

VIDEO: Royals reveal the images on their Christmas cards

Prince William and his wife Kate are shown outside in casual clothes, their three young children in tow

ICBC to apply for 6.3% hike to basic insurance rates

Crown Corporation said it will be submitting its next basic rate application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission Friday

Media, robotics, Indigenous studies coming to B.C. Grade 12 classrooms in 2019-20

Provincial tests are also being changed for students in Grade 10 to 12, the Education Ministry said

Stranded B.C. trucker writes final wishes before being rescued 3 days later

‘I was just praying someone would come along’

Canfor Corp. extending temporary curtailment of sawmills in B.C.; cutting hours

Vancouver-based company says the decision is due to declining lumber prices, high log costs and log supply constraints

Canada’s prospective world junior team members await final roster decisions

Thirty-four players were invited to the national junior selection camp

Family searching for B.C. professor last seen at Colombian salsa club

Ramazan Gencay, a professor in economics at Simon Fraser University, was last seen in Medellin

Rash of bomb threats a learning opportunity for response capacity, Goodale

Thursday’s wave of bomb threats swept across communities on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border

Mike Duffy can’t sue Senate over suspension without pay, judge rules

Duffy’s lawsuit sought more than $7.8 million from the upper chamber

Most Read