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Cariboo wildfire started by abandoned campfire

Cariboo wildfire started by abandoned campfire

A wildfire in the Cariboo over the weekend was caused by an abandoned campfire.

The wildfire was at Suey Bay on Horsefly Lake.

The BC Wildfire Service says thanks to reports from the public, the fire was quickly contained at 1.5 hectares.

Crews and a helicopter went over the site today to extinguish remaining hot spots.

This wildfire is under investigation and the BC Wildfire Service is asking the public for assistance.

Anyone with information about suspicious activity around the Suey Bay Recreation Site on the weekend is encouraged to call BC Crime Stoppers.

Although campfire bans have been lifted throughout most of BC, they remain prohibited west of the Fraser River in the Cariboo Fire Centre.

If campfires are allowed in your area, always ensure that your campfire is completely extinguished and the ashes are cool to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.

The Wildfire Service says patrols will be conducted throughout the Labour Day weekend to ensure that people are complying with provincial legislation related to campfire use and open burning.

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for $345, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail.

If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

To report a wildfire, abandoned campfire or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or dial *5555 on a cellphone.

For up-to-date information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit: www.bcwildfire.ca or call 1 888 3-FOREST.

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