PRINCE GEORGE ? Fire suppression crews and resources are standing by in anticipation of lightning-caused fires starts over the coming weekend.

Crews have responded to five fires since Monday: two were caused by lightning and the causes of other three are under investigation.

Prince George Fire Centre fire fighters have responded to 216 fires since April 1; over half of those have been human-caused.

The fire danger rating is currently high to extreme throughout the Prince George Fire Centre. The hot and dry weather is expected to be followed by lightning this weekend which may or may not be accompanied by rain.

All human-caused fires are preventable and divert resources from lightning-caused fires.

Never leave your campfire unattended and make sure your fire is completely extinguished before leaving the area. Saturate the fire with water and ensure the ashes are completely cold to the touch. If smoking always use ashtrays when driving, camping, hiking, or otherwise enjoying the outdoors.

The Prince George Fire Centre covers from the Yukon and Northwest Territories in the north, to Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, Cottonwood River and Robson Valley in the south; and from the Alberta border in the east to the Skeena Mountains in the west.

Geographically this area extends from Kinbasket Lake in the south to Endako in the west, north to the Yukon border and east to the Alberta border.

To report a wildfire or unattended campfire call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on most cellular networks. For more information on open fire restrictions or for updates on current wildfire activity, visit www.bcwildfire.ca, or call our information line 1-888-3FOREST (1-888-336-7378).