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Northeast B.C. wildfire season begins

Farrell Creek Junction Wildfire under control at 4.5 hectares
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BC Wildfire Service crews had their first wildfire of the season in northeast B.C. over the weekend.

The Farrell Creek Junction Wildfire northeast of Hudson’s Hope was reported on Sunday, April 11. It has been deemed to be human caused and was started by a campfire that got away in heavy wind, according to the Wildfire Service.

It is currently at 4.5 hectares and listed as under control. A unit crew is on site and no other resources are anticipated at this time.

“We had our first wildfire of the season within the Prince George Fire Centre over the weekend and are wanting to remind the public of the wildfire regulations and to urge them to take care as things start to dry and we enter into wildfire season,” officials said Monday.

The weather forecast is calling for a drying trend across most of the Prince George Fire Centre, and in particular around the Peace region. As the temperature increase, the grass cures and dries, becoming extremely flammable, especially in windy conditions.

There are currently no open burning prohibitions in effect within the Prince George Fire Centre. However, it is the responsibility of the individual to ensure that burning is done in a safe manner in accordance with regulations. Before lighting any fire, it is advised to monitor the upcoming weather forecast and check with your local governments to see if any local burning restrictions are in place.

Anyone conducting an outdoor burn must adhere to the following precautions:

  • Ensure that adequate resources are on hand to control the fire and stop it from spreading;

  • Never burn in windy conditions. Weather conditions can change quickly, and the wind may carry embers to other combustible material and start new fires;

  • Create an appropriately sized fireguard around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material, right down to the mineral soil;

  • Never leave a fire unattended;

  • Make sure that any fire is completely extinguished, and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.

A poster explaining the different categories of open burning and applicable regulations is available online: www.gov.bc.ca/openfireregs

Anyone wishing to light a Category 3 open fire must obtain a burn registration number ahead of time by calling 1-888-797-1717. A burn registration number is not required to light a Category 2 open fire.


Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.