Fire officials prepared for the May long weekend

By Bill O'Donovan / James Peters
May 20, 2016 - 3:41pm Updated: May 20, 2016 - 8:15pm

KAMLOOPS — The weather forecast may not seem conducive to wildfires, but nonetheless, Kamloops Fire Centre officials say looks can be deceiving.

May long weekend is generally the start of the camping season, and that has fire officials bracing themselves.

Fire Information Officer Rachel Witt says fire activity typically ramps up at this time of year.

"The May long weekend is seen as the start of the camping season, so there will be more human activity, and campfires will be abundant," explained Witt, "We want the public to remember that conservation officers, park rangers, and natural resource officials will be patrolling throughout the weekend." 

Witt notes of the 47 wildfires recorded in the Kamloops Fire Centre since April 1, 41 of them have been caused by humans.

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