Sparky’s Spot

Sparky?s Spot is a weekly feature brought to you by TR News with information from the BC Ministry of Forests website http://www.gov.bc.ca/for/. Sparky?s Spot providesfire safety messages and information on local fire weather and restrictions on open burning.

DID YOU KNOW?

Careless use of campfires is one of the leading causes of forest fires. Wildfires threaten lives of people and wildlife, destroy timber and other forest resources and cost millions to extinguish.

Steps to a better campfire

Check with authorities to find out if there are restrictions on the use of campfires

Consider the wind conditions. If the wind is strong enough to carry sparks to combustible material, don?t burn.

Site your campfire carefully. Use a safe, established fire pit.

Keep the fire a reasonable distance away from any flammable materials, including logs, stumps, snags, standing trees, and wooden structures.

Keep your fire small. The best cooking fire is small and hot.

Keep adequate hand tools and water nearby in case the fire escapes.

NEVER leave fire unattended.

Extinguish your fire by stirring water into the ashes until it is cold to the touch ? hot coals can reignite the fire.

DANGER CLASS RATING

AVERAGE FOR AUGUST 2008

4

What the Danger Class Ratings mean:

2 LowLow fire danger.

3Moderate

Carry out any forest activities with caution.

4High

Fire hazard is serious. Extreme caution must be used in any forest activities. Burning permits and industrial activities may be restricted.

5Extreme

Extremely high fire hazard. General forest activities may be restricted, including burning permits, industrial activities and campfires.