Category 2 and 3 fire prohibited

Burning restrictions set to start next week in Cariboo

Due to the current dry conditions, the Cariboo Fire Centre (CFC) will be prohibiting Category 2 and Category 3 fires, starting at noon on April 4 to help prevent human-caused fires and protect the public.

Since March 1, 13 fires have burned 42 hectares in the CFC. BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) crews or local fire departments extinguished these fires, which were all human-caused and resulted from grass burning or pile burning.

The CFC stretches from Loon Lake near Clinton in the south to the Cottonwood River near Quesnel in the north and from Tweedsmuir Provincial Park in the west to Wells Gray Provincial Park in the east.

People are encouraged to consult the newly updated Homeowner’s FireSmart Manual (http://bit.ly/1UAxuDt) to learn about reducing wildfire hazards on private property.

However, the BCWS urges anyone planning to conduct an open burn before April 4 to use caution to help reduce the number of preventable wildfires.

Anyone igniting a fire outdoors must watch for changing weather conditions and ensure that enough people, water and tools are on hand to control the fire and prevent it from escaping.

The public is urged to follow all burning regulations. Before conducting a burn, people should also check with their local fire department, municipality and regional district to find out if any burning restrictions or bylaws are in effect.

Anyone planning to do any large-scale industrial burning, burn more than two piles of any size or conduct a grass burn larger than 0.2 hectares (Category 3 fires), must first obtain a burn registration number by calling 1-888-797-1717. Burn registration numbers are available free of charge.

A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online at http://bit.ly/1GlhE9l

People are also required to check venting conditions before conducting an open burn. If venting conditions are rated “poor” or “fair,” open burning is restricted. The venting index can be found at http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/epdpa/venting/venting.html