Fire Centre reminding people in the northwest of fire ban

Anyone going camping or to the outdoors in the days ahead is being reminded of the fire ban in the northwest as warm weather is forecast.

Anyone going camping or to the outdoors in the days ahead is being reminded of the fire ban in the northwest as warm, dry weather continues to be forecast.

According to the Ministry of Forests, four abandoned campfires found during routine patrols had to be extinguished at a time when the fire danger rating for the whole northwest is high. While campfires are permitted,  they must not be larger than 0.5 metres by 0.5 metres in size and a fireguard must be built and maintained by removing debris from around the area. As well, a hand tool and at least eight litres of water must be nearby to extinguish the blaze.

The forest service is also asking people to refrain from starting campfires during windy conditions, to never leave a fire unattended and to make sure the flames are extinguished and the embers are cold before leaving the area.

To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call *5555 on your cell phone or call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free.