Fire Caution Urged As Dry Spell Approaches

Hot and dry, that's the weekend forecast throughout the Shuswap and Columbia regions.

The CSRD's Fire Services Coordinator Sean Coubrough says that additional caution will be needed with cigarette butts and campfires "It's going to be a prolonged dry spell coming up, so we're asking everyone to be extra vigilant in terms of making sure that there's nothing out there that can start a forest fire."

He also notes that some people aren't getting the message when it comes to open burning "Some people don't seem to be aware that there's a burn restriction in place for open burning - categories 2 & 3. Anything that's over .5 metres in diameter at the base, and flames at .5 metres high are restricted at this point."

It looks like this hot weather will extend well into next week.

As of now there are no significant fires burning anywhere near Salmon Arm, Revelstoke or Golden.