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Eleven small wildfires in B.C. on Easter weekend, but most quickly doused

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A "wildfire waiting to happen", that's how some residents community near West Kelowna are describing the current situation in their backyard. People who live in the Trader's Cove community along Westside road are concerned that debris left behind on private land by salvage firewood hunters is going to fuel a forest fire. And with Covid-19 looming large over what is promising to be an unprecedented wildfire season, area residents are hoping something is done to mitigate the situation sooner rather than later. The land in question belongs to Tolko Industries. On Monday, Global News contacted Tolko regarding the situation and they have promised to send out a crew to investigate.

The BC Wildfire Service lists the fire danger rating across most of the province as low to moderate but firefighters in several regions still had a busy Easter weekend.

The wildfire service website shows crews responded to 11 blazes between Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

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Most were barely larger than spot fires and were quickly handled, but of the eight reported on Sunday, four remained listed as out of control by midnight.

They included a fire covering half a square kilometre in the southern Interior east of Merritt, and two of three separate fires along Highway 3 south of Cawston in the Similkameen region.

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A cause for most of the wildfires is listed as unknown.

Grass fires can be common at this time of year as dead grasses dry quickly after snow cover melts and have the potential to burn hot and fast, especially in windy conditions.