Wildfire season has arrived; be aware with campfires, outside burning, says B.C. Wildfire Service

2021-04-04 03:28:20

A North Okanagan wildfire that reached 100 hectares in dimension this week earlier than being contained is a stark reminder that fireplace season is right here.

In response to knowledge from the B.C. Wildfire Service (BCWS), the fireplace began small on April 1 earlier than shortly rising in dimension. At the moment, it’s listed as being held, with the fireplace’s trigger listed as unknown.

The fireplace, which burned scrubland close to Okanagan Lake, fell below the jurisdiction of the Okanagan Indian Band, with crews from B.C. Wildfire appearing in a assist position.

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In B.C., fireplace season runs from April 1 to October 1. The BCWS says over the previous 10 years, the yearly common is 1,356 wildfires burning 347,000 hectares.

Although the 2021 wildfire season is simply three days previous, BCWS knowledge reveals that 10 fires have already been reported this yr.

“We’re within the spring-shoulder season,” stated B.C. Wildfire spokesperson Nicole Bonnett. “From the wildfire facet of issues, we’re working with our companions, performing some prescribed burning, and there are property homeowners doing spring yard cleanup.

“So the little fireplace exercise we’ve seen thus far, I’d say isn’t out of the norm. It’s simply that you’ve got all these (fireplace) fuels on the floor – like useless grasses that died over the winter – which are on the drier facet.

“If someone’s not cautious with their fireplace use, then when the wind comes alongside, issues can get out of hand.”

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For 2020, the numbers have been low, with 637 wildfires burning 15,000 hectares of land. BCWS attributed the decline to an unseasonably cool and moist June and July, earlier than fireplace exercise picked up in August.

2020 statistics by fireplace centre, based on BCWS:

  • Southeast Hearth Centre – 194 wildfires; 11,099 hectares burned.
  • Kamloops Hearth Centre – 182 wildfires; 2,521 hectares burned
  • Coastal Hearth Centre –  124 wildfires; 1,194 hectares burned
  • Cariboo Hearth Centre –  48 wildfires; 57 hectares burned
  • Prince George Hearth Centre – 57 wildfires; 251 hectares burned
  • Northwest Hearth Centre – 32 wildfires; 52 hectares burned

Bonnett stated BCWS “is making an attempt to remind everyone that if you’re doing all your yard cleanup, or any yard work from home or out having fun with the outside and have a campfire, be aware of all of the open-burning rules.”


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