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Cariboo campers slacking off on fire safety

Cariboo campers slacking off on fire safety

You might think that after the worst wildfire season on record, campers might be a little more cautious about their fires.

You would be wrong.

The Cariboo Fire Centre says it’s come across several abandoned campfires in its jurisdiction.

Officials are reminding the public to follow all open burning regulations and be more diligent with their campfire use

The BC Wildfire Service says anyone lighting or fuelling a campfire must fully extinguish it and make sure ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the site for any length of time.  Failure to do so could mean a big fine.

Temperatures in the Cariboo Fire Centre are expected to cool over the next few days, but little rain is anticipated, and unpredictable, gusty winds are in the forecast.

Wind blowing sparks or embers into nearby forest fuels are usually the culprit behind wildfire starts.

Campfires are currently allowed in the Cariboo Fire Centre, but Category 2 and Category 3 open fires remain prohibited.

A poster explaining the different categories of fires is available online at: http://ow.ly/jdO5301kS32



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