Folks not complying with campfire bans

Public urged to report abandoned campfires, burning violations

Two fires were discovered by McNeil Lake, which is near Hendrix Lake, on Aug. 14 and 15.

The largest grew to 0.5 hectares in size while the other remained small at 0.01 ha and both were caused by lightning.

Ground crews, with the support of helicopters, worked on both fires over the weekend. The smaller fire, which was south of McNeil Lake, was out as of Monday.

Thirteen firefighters and one helicopter continued fire suppression efforts on the larger fire on Aug. 18 and are making great progress, says fire information officer Emily Epp of the Cariboo Fire Centre (CFC).

Meanwhile, the BC Wildfire Service has received reports of people not complying with the partial campfire ban in the CFC and is urging members of the public to report any open burning violations they see so that illegal fires can be investigated.

Within the CFC’s jurisdiction, campfires are not allowed west of the Fraser River.

They are allowed east of the Fraser River, but they cannot be larger than 0.5 metres wide by 0.5 metres high.

People can report abandoned campfires or open burning violations by calling 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone and should try to provide information about the location, activity and people involved, including licence plate numbers).