Fire concerns locally, and a busy weekend for Trail RCMP

While it's still early in the season, we're already hearing about brush fires locally, and bigger wildfires around the province.

Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue Chief Dan Derby says the fire danger rating is moderate locally right now.

Last week there was a brush fire in the Beaver Valley, on Friday there were 7 fires set in the Trail area.

He says it raises the concern in regards to how little rain we've had.

He says people need to be aware of the conditions if they're going to have a campfire, and what they need to have in place. That includes things like water and a shovel. 

Fortunately he says we're going to get some rain this week.

Derby says there different rules depending on where you live, for example in Trail there's no open burning.

Call your local municipality or Regional District to see what's allowed.

Meanwhile Trail RCMP are looking to speak to an unknown man riding on a white bicycle through the area at the time of the 7 fires set Friday night, and anyone else who may have witnessed who started the fires.  

That was just part of a busy weekend for RCMP during Silver City days, with 75 calls between Friday and Sunday, including calls panhandling, noise complaints, calls for medical assistance, traffic issues, and intoxicated people in public places.

There were also reports of bears walking around the downtown Trail area Friday and Saturday, believed to be feeding on garbage in the area.  

RCMP are reminding residents that garbage is an attractant to wildlife and can lead to conflict with humans.