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Extreme fire risk for Chilcotin and South Cariboo this weekend

Extreme fire risk for Chilcotin and South Cariboo this weekend

The BC Wildfire Service says parts of the Cariboo will be at extreme fire risk this weekend.

The Chilcotin and South Cariboo are expected to have dry windy conditions this weekend, despite the rest of the region forecasting to receive cooler temperatures and showers.

The Wildfire Service says says in dry and windy conditions, forests and grasslands are very susceptible to wildfires.

It reminds people to use caution during all outdoor activities:

If a campfire is allowed in your area, it must be surrounded by a fuel break.

A minimum of eight litres of water or a hand tool must be readily available to completely extinguish the campfire if it escapes, and before you leave the area for any length of time.

Do not light a campfire or keep it burning in windy conditions. Weather can change quickly and the wind may carry embers to other combustible material.

Never leave a campfire unattended.

Keep in mind that cigarettes that have not been disposed of properly, vehicle exhaust and sparks from equipment can easily ignite a wildfire.

Members of the public are encouraged to park motorcycles or ATVs in areas where the exhaust system is not close to combustible material. Installing an approved spark arrestor on the exhaust system can also help prevent wildfires.

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