The Northwest Fire Centre is encouraging the public to exercise caution with any outdoor burning activities, due to an increased wildfire risk.
As spring progresses, dead grass dries out quickly in snow-free areas due to higher temperatures, wind and drier conditions.
Weather conditions at this time of year are highly unpredictable and can change drastically throughout the day.
Anyone wishing to light an open fire must monitor weather conditions and follow all burning regulations to help reduce the number of preventable, human-caused wildfires.
Some tips include:
- Do not burn during windy conditions. Weather conditions can change quickly and the wind may carry embers to and start new fires.
- Ensure that enough people, tools and water are on hand to control the fire and prevent it from escaping.
- Create a fireguard at least one metre in diameter around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material.
- Never leave a fire unattended.
- If you are planning a large burn, consider conducting smaller burns around the perimeter beforehand to create a fuel break and help prevent the fire from spreading beyond its intended size. Each of these fires should be kept small and must be completely extinguished before starting a new fire.
- Make sure that your fire is completely extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before you leave the area for any length of time.
Before conducting a burn, check with your local fire department, municipality and regional district to find out if any open burning restrictions or bylaws are in effect.
Large-scale industrial burning or grass burns over 0.2 hectares (Category 3 fires), require a burn
registration number ahead of time by calling 1-888-797-1717.