Campfire ban still in effect in the Southeast region

Currently there are no significant fires in the Nakusp area.

  • Aug. 5, 2015 6:00 p.m.

RYAN WILLMAN

Arrow Lakes News

Currently there are no significant fires in the Nakusp area. There are pockets of alpine fires within the region, but these are not threatening any communities or structures and are being monitored daily by BC Wildfire personal.

The fire threat for the Southeast fire center remains high, but there is not much of a chance for that to change, as the BC Wildfire weather forecast does not show any significant upcoming precipitation.

BC Wildfire Service information officer, Fanny Bernard, is still encouraging community members to exercise caution when engaging in outdoor recreation or any other activity that might ignite fires; “It might be a little cooler over the next few days, but we are still expecting to be busy with wildfires for quite a while yet.”

Bernard would like to remind the public that any lift on the current fire ban will be communicated through local media outlets, and that the “southeast fire zone continues to be rated as high with pockets of moderate. So that goes to show how dry the fuels are out there.” Community members are invited to check www.bcwildfire.ca or the facebook page www.facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo for contact information if they have any questions.

 

“A couple millimeters of rain doesn’t do anything to change the conditions out there” Bernard clarified, “It might change the fine fuel moisture content, but it doesn’t do anything to change the moisture content in the heavier fuels and certainly not in the duff layer. It would take many consecutive days of continual downpour for the campfire ban to get lifted.”

 

 

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