Illegal fires during Canada Day raise concern

BC Wildfire crews have been dismantling illegal burn piles put in place in anticipation of Canada Day celebration.

BC Wildfire crews have been dismantling illegal burn piles put in place in anticipation of Canada Day celebration.

A press release sent out by the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations on July 1 is reminding the public that the current Category 2 and 3 open burning prohibitions in place prohibits fires as defined in the wildfire regulation.

On July 1, BC Wildfire Service firefighting personnel and structural protection crews were dispatched to dismantle the burn piles, diverting critical response resources from responding to wildfires and other emergencies.

Currently, the Fire Danger Rating in the Southeast Fire Centre region is high and is expected to escalate.

Since Thursday, June 25, there have been 53 lighting-caused fires and more lightning is expected on the weekend.

Authorities are reminding locals that large party fires are illegal and anyone present at a party fire that grows out of control may be held liable for full suppression costs.

Effective on July 3, campfires will also be banned as a result of hot and dry conditions.

To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.