Although the start of this year’s wildfire season is quieter than usual, August is often the most active month of BC’s wildfire season This is why it is so important for the people of British Columbia and the world. Guests are to be vigilant and make sure they are using fire safely.
Human-induced fires are completely preventable and do not need to divert important firefighting resources from naturally occurring forest fires. From April 1 to July 29, the BC Forest Fire Service dealt with 239 wildfires across the province, about 85% of which were caused by human activities.
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“We know people want to be great outdoors, but it’s important for everyone to be on the alert for safety,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister for Forestry, Land, Natural Resources and Rural Development. Explosion. “Fighting wildfires at the best time can be challenging, but managing them during the COVID-19 pandemic requires BC Wildfire Service staff to operate more carefully. I urge everyone to support our groups by using fire responsibly and to ensure that their activities do not cause wildfires this weekend ”.
Campfires are currently permitted in all areas of the province under the jurisdiction of the BC Forest Fire Authority. However, people are advised to use caution and keep an abundant supply of water nearby to completely put out their fire.
Local government and other jurisdictions (eg BC Park) may apply their own burning rules or limits. Everyone should also check with the authorities before lighting a fire.
Fire safety and fire prevention measures:
* The campfire must not exceed 0.5 meters high or 0.5 meters wide.
* Never set bonfires or open fires in windy conditions. The weather can change quickly and the wind can carry embers to other flammable materials.
* Maintain a fireman around the campfire. This is a fuel-free area where all combustible material (grass, leaves, corrugated iron, etc.) was immediately removed to the ground.
* Never leave a campfire unattended.
Have a shovel or at least eight liters of water ready to put out a campfire properly.
* Make sure ashes cool to the touch before leaving overnight or leaving the area for long periods of time.
Authorities said Monday that the Apple fire, which burned more than 26,000 acres in Southern California, was caused by “hot objects” emanating from the car’s exhaust.
Cal Fire officials said a diesel-fueled car that “emits burned carbon from the exhaust system” was identified as the source of the fire. Authorities said they confirmed the cause after interviews with “many independent witnesses”, along with unidentified physical evidence.
Officials said no suspects were arrested and they are asking people with information about a vehicle with a machine problem or “unusual smoke” to contact investigators.
Apple Fire, which started Friday, rose to 26,850 acres early Tuesday – more than 41 square miles – and continues to threaten the family. Only 15% of its circumference was prevented when about 2,300 firefighters fought the fire and dropped water and the flame retardant from the air.