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Northwest Fire Centre urging caution while burning during extreme heat

The Northwest Fire Centre says it is preparing for the possibility of increased fire activity as warm and dry conditions are expected for much of the province.

Initial Attack Crews and officers were on standby in all zones within the fire centre so, if they are needed they can respond quickly and efficiently to a wildfire.

Fire Information Officer Casda Thomas said that preparations for warm and dry conditions are ongoing.

“The Northwest Fire Centre does consistently monitor forecasted weather and conditions on the ground so that we can ensure that we have the appropriate resources ready to respond in the appropriate places,” she said.

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Thomas added that the wet weather and cooler conditions has kept fire activity relatively low.

She also said with the warmer weather it is important that the community remains vigilant.

“It’s important to remind folks to really take care while enjoying the outdoors so, be cautious with any fires that you’re lighting, if you have a campfire make sure you fully extinguish it and really importantly report any signs of wildfire,” Thomas said.

With the warm weather approaching the Northwest Fire Centre has issued an open burning prohibition for Category 2 and Category 3 fires.

This will be in effect on Thursday at noon until October 15 or until the order is rescinded.

As of this afternoon, there are 7 wildfires burning in the centre all within the Cassiar Fire Zone.

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