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B.C. Wildfire urging caution with campfires in the Thompson-Okanagan

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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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