Fewer wildfires have been reported so far this year but forest service firefighters remain on alert as the weather warms up, says Suzanne Pearce from the forest service’s Northwest Fire Centre in Smithers.
“We’re forecasting for temperatures up to 25 degrees up Hwy37 so that’s a reason to be prepared,” she said late last week.
Unit crews of 20 people and initial attack crews of three people are in place around the region and concentrating on fitness training, Pearce added.
One initial attack crew has been sent to Dease Lake on Hwy37 North so it can be readily called out if needed in that area.
“We appreciate the public continuing to be careful with fire when in the outdoors,” said Pearce.