Nelson Fire Rescue hoping residents will be vigilant as we head into fire season

Last year during the burning ban, Nelson Fire Rescue was called out to 27 different fires.

That included illegal campfires, and bush fires.

This year, they're hoping residents will be vigilant as we head into fire season.

Chief Len McCharles says when Blackwell and Associates produced Nelson's community wildfire and protection plan, they said that Nelson is one of the most at risk cities in BC for experiencing a wildfire.

McCharles says they've done a lot of work over the past decade or so working closely with the Regional District and BC Parks.

He says it's important that residents Fire Smart their homes, have a 72 hour emergency kit, including copies of their important documents.

They're also suggesting everyone has an evacuation plan in place.

www.nelson.ca has a list of what's needed in a kit, and ways to mitigate fire risk around your home.