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BC Wildfire Service asks people to remain vigilant

BC’s Wildfire Service is reminding coastal residents that recent damp weather is no excuse to get lax, especially with fireworks or sky lanterns.

The service says the public needs to be reminded that fireworks and sky lanterns remain banned because they are a high risk to easily cause a fire.

Small campfires are currently permitted within the Coastal Fire Centre, as long as they aren’t larger than a half-metre high and a half-metre wide.

The Coastal Fire Centre covers all of the area west of the Coast Mountain Range from the US/Canada border, the Sunshine Coast, the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and Haida Gwaii.

A small wildfire near Kitimat is now in the mopping up stage.

Haley Williams with the Northwest Fire Centre says the 13-hectare fire should be out by the end of the weekend.

She says it’s most likely the fire was started by a lightning strike.

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