The BC Wildfire Service urges British Columbians to be safe in the woods and reminds everyone that the return of warm weather means an increased risk of wildfires.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development released a statement reminding BC residents “Although the start of this year’s wildfire season was quieter than normal, August is typically the most active month of B.C.’s wildfire season. This is why it is important for British Columbians and visitors to remain vigilant and ensure that they are using fire safely.”

From April 1 through July 29, 2020, the BC Wildfire Service responded to 239 wildfires throughout the province, around 85% of which were attributed to human activity.

Campfires are currently allowed in all areas of the province that fall under the BC Wildfire Service‘s jurisdiction.

However, BC residents are being urged to use caution around campfires and keep an ample supply of water nearby to fully extinguish their campfires.

There are also recommendations for homeowners on preventing damage to homes in the instance of a wildfire.

The Communications Coordinator of the Regional District of Fraser Fort George, Hilary Erasmus advises homeowners to “remove any fuel from around your home that would allow embers to ignite if we were to have a wildfire situation.”

Up-to-date information about current open burning prohibitions is available on the BC Wildfire Service website.