Wildfire officials urge caution when outdoors this weekend

By Jill Sperling
July 29, 2016 - 3:45pm Updated: July 31, 2016 - 2:28am

KAMLOOPS — Another long weekend is upon us, which means people will be heading out to campsites and the back country to enjoy the great outdoors. 

However, with temperatures heating up recently the Kamloops Fire Centre is asking people to be cautious.

Fire infomation officer, Max Birkner says people should be especially careful when doing any kind of burning. However, campfires are not the only risk. 

"If people are going to be riding ATVs or dirtbikes this weekend we ask that they stay out of areas of long grass or debris piled on the ground, branches and leaves, that type of thing, because those types of machines can cause sparks and they're also very hot so they can easily start fires," Birkner said. 

He says the fire danger rating is currently moderate to high within the Kamloops Fire Centre, with the highest dangers in Salmon Arm, Osoyoos, Clearwater and Lytton. 

"The fire danger rating has increased because of more seasonal temperatures during the last few days," Birkner explained, "and during this time the Kamloops Fire Centre has also recorded more lightning activity than in June and July, which has contributed to a spike in new fire starts in the last few days."

There have been 10 fire starts in the Kamloops Fire Centre since Monday, mostly caused by lightning. 

Adventure Bay fire fully contained, no structures damaged