Despite cooler temperatures, the provincial government continues to urge fire safety.
With 175 wildfires burning around B.C., down from just over 200 on Tuesday, the province continues to caution all British Columbians to be diligent with fire safety and to report all wildfires to authorities.
There were a total of 10 new wildfires in B.C. Tuesday, down four from Monday. As of Wednesday, there were 175 active wildfires throughout the province (of these, 18 are active fires of note), with three states of local emergency due to wildfire, and seven evacuation alerts and orders currently in effect.
Following the early and extremely difficult start to the fire season, the province says it’s doing all it can to stop human-caused fires.
MLA Mike Morris, parliamentary secretary for the Ministry of Forests, will conduct a review of the current fine and penalty structures related to human-caused forest fires, and will consider recommendations for a number of penalties that could include banning repeat offenders from provincial parks, increasing fines, and possible vehicle impoundment for those who flick lit cigarette butts out of their vehicles.
A total of 375 human-caused fires have occurred so far this year.
Report all wildfires to 1 800 663-5555 or *5555 on your mobile phone.