July 12, 2014 3:10 pm

Hot weather this weekend elevates fire risk

The Fire Weather Index from Natural Resources Canada. Courtesy Natural Resources Canada

Temperatures are forecast to soar past the 40 degree mark in several areas of B.C. this weekend, elevating the risk of fires.

Conditions are expected to be tinder dry, and lightning strikes are expected to occur.

Crews have already had to battle dozens of wildfires this fire season, with some caused by human activity.

They are asking people to be extra careful during this heat spell.

A campfire ban could be put in place in some areas by next week.

“The forecast now is for record breaking temperatures, and the fuels will get that much drier, and conditions will get more and more volatile,” says Randy Burgess, Penticton fire zone protection officer.

The temperatures are expected to peak Sunday and continue through Wednesday afternoon.

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