Fire officials are urging extra caution when using open flame over the May long weekend.

High risk of wildfires over the long weekend

Northwest fire officials are urging extra caution when burning though there are no fire bans currently in place

  • May. 20, 2016 9:00 a.m.

Northwest fire officials are urging extra caution when using open flame over the May long weekend to avoid sparking wildfires.

Above seasonal temperatures are expected for many areas in the region and a lack of precipitation means the fire risk is forecasted to be high.

There are currently no fire bans in place, but people should be extra vigilant to avoid starting accidental fires, say officials.

Most at risk is the area between Tweedsmuir Park and the Yukon border.

In a statement released today by the Northwest Fire Centre, they recommend that if people intend on having an open fire that they have enough water and tools nearby to control the fire.

People are also advised to avoid burning during windy conditions and to never leave an open flame unattended until it is entirely extinguished.


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