Local fire danger high

Cranbrook Fire and Emergency Services is asking the public to report any smoke and fire.

  • Jul. 3, 2015 2:00 p.m.

Cranbrook Fire and Emergency Services is asking the public to use extreme caution in any forest activities in and around the City including things like backcountry recreation with motorcycles and ATVs and even smoking.

With these current conditions fires can start quickly and spread rapidly.

Cranbrook Fire and Emergency Services ask that if you see smoke or fire, please do not assume others have reported it.

Call the Southeast Fire Centre toll free at 1-800-663-5555 or call *5555 on most cellular networks.

The current fire danger rating for Cranbrook and area is considered high, according to the most recent data from the Ministry of Forest, Land and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO) – Wildfire Management Branch.

Forest fuels are very dry and the wildfire risk is serious. New fires may start easily and burn vigorously and challenge fire suppression efforts.

Last week, the Southeast Fire Centre prohibited all open fires in the area, which includes the use of fireworks, burn barrels and the burning of waste materials or stubble or grass fires.

Starting at noon on Friday July 3, the Southeast Fire Centre will be banning all campfires throughout the region to prevent human-caused fires and to protect public safety. For current fire danger ratings, maps and news on active fires in the Southeast Fire Centre please visit www.bcwildfire.ca.