August 2, 2014 11:37 am
Updated: August 2, 2014 2:27 pm

Fire hazard across B.C. is ‘high’ to ‘extreme’: Campfire bans in place


VANCOUVER – This is shaping up to be the hottest long weekend of the year and fire officials are reminding everyone to be careful.

The fire hazard across most of the province is high to extreme and the risk for wildfires will only grow larger over the weekend.

The vast majority of B.C. has not had a drop of rain in days.

A campfire ban was also implemented on Friday for the Coastal Fire Region, in addition to other bans in Kamloops and the Cariboo.

The Wildfire Management Branch is bringing in 70 additional out-of-province firefighters and increasing its airtanker capacity to cope with the threat.

There are 12 wildfires of note burning across B.C. this morning.

On Friday the The Prince George Fire Centre issued an area restriction for the forested area around the Tenakihi-Mesilinka fire, which is over 49,000 hectares in size.

This restriction applies from the 11-kilometre mark on the Thutade Forest Service Road north to the 26-kilometre marker. The restriction covers East Mainline beyond the 12-kilometre marker and West Mainline beyond the 5-kilometre marker.

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