File photo of people around a campfire. (Stock)

File photo of people around a campfire. (Stock)

RCMP issues reminders on unattended campfires and theft security

Local RCMP is asking people to be mindful of campfires and to lock up their vehicles and bikes

The Elk Valley RCMP has released a pair of reminders for the public on unattended campfires and theft security.

Police are asking campers to exercise caution when outside and to fully extinguish campfires before leaving a site.

Those caught leaving a campfire unattended could face a fine of $1,150 under the Wildlife Act. If a wildfire results, those responsible may have to pay all firefighting and associated costs, the release says.

“Summer weather is almost around the corner and that means more people will be out camping and enjoying our wonderful wilderness surrounded by scenic mountains.

“Camping is a long-standing tradition in the Elk Valley and everyone enjoys a campfire.

“Do not be the person(s) responsible for causing a blaze in our area. You must not leave your fire unattended for any length of time,” the release says, adding that for more information, people can visit the BC Wildfire Service website.

The RCMP is also reminding people of their ‘duty and responsibility’ to lock all their vehicles and secure their mountain bikes.

“Please do not leave personal/business items in your vehicles.

“The RCMPolice would like everyone to be very cognizant in securing your properties safe from day/night time thieves.”

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