Fire officials nervous

Fire officials in the Kamloops area are urging people to be extra careful.

Fire Chief Michale Adams said as the area is experiencing an increase in the fire danger rating, Kamloops Fire Rescue (KFR) reminds residents that open air burning of any kind is not permitted within the City of Kamloops including campfires, cooking fires, burning of yard waste and broadcast burning of weeds.

“KFR is asking residents to be extremely cautious at this time of year in our grassland and interface areas," said Adams. "As the weather gets warmer, grasses, leaves, needles, etc. become very dry and can be ignited quite easily. Any spark or heat source can cause a wildfire. Be vigilant in these areas and be sure to report any suspicious activity to RCMP.

“KFR reminds residents to be FireSmart by discarding all smoking materials safely in approved containers, as numerous fires are started every year by cigarette butts that are carelessly thrown out.”

ATVs are another potential source of fire that people should be aware of. Riders should always stay on approved roadways when operating ATVs and ensure the vehicle has a spark arrestor.

“Also, when working in your yard, be safe when operating gas-powered equipment — keep a source of water and a shovel nearby in the event a spark catches,” he said.

For more information on fire safety, visit the KFR website

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