July 8, 2014 11:50 pm
Updated: July 8, 2014 11:54 pm

Hot, dry weather increases risk of fires throughout B.C.


Fire crews across B.C. are warning the public that the fire season, which began in earnest this week, shows no sign of abating anytime soon.

“We’re into the heat of the summer, and these fires are only to come more and more challenging to catch, so we’re asking the public’s help to be very cautious with their time in the forest,” said Jonathan Finaly, a Fire Zone Crew Leader in Penticton.

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In the south Okanagan, a fire in Naramata was quickly contained on Monday evening.

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In the Peace River Regional District, a wildfire near Red Deer Creek caused by lightning has grown to over 450 hectares. An evacuation order is in place for the gas fields in the area.

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Erin Catherall of the Provincial Fire Centre says fire activity in the Thompson-Cariboo area is also expected to increase.

“The fire danger is moderate, and we do expect that to increase going into the next week. We are asking the public to be very careful with their campfire use,” she said.

The warnings come as the vast majority of the province experiences a heat wave that will last for several days. Record highs for July 8 were recorded in Esquimalt (25.4 degree Celsius) and Pemberton (35.2 degrees), while Osoyoos was the hottest spot in Canada at 37.2 degree Celsius.

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