August 13, 2016 - 10:30 AM
KAMLOOPS - With one of the hottest weekends of the summer forecast in the Southern Interior, the B.C. Wildfire Service is urging fans of campfires to use caution.
With a hot stretch and no rain predicted, fire information officer Rachel Witt says the Kamloops Fire Centre is drying out and people should be cautious with their fires.
The fire centre — which includes Kamloops, Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton — is in listed as moderate on the fire danger scale though some pockets of high have appeared, she says.
While human caused fires are one risk, the region could see a holdover fires. Thats’s a fire caused by lightening strikes, but doesn’t appear right away.
“Lightening, when it strikes, it can take up to two weeks to see a fire,” Witt says.
With a number of recent lightening strikes and a dry forecast for up to 10 days, she says holdover fires are possible.
Currently there isn’t a campfire ban for the region.
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