A Campfire ban for the Southeast Fire Centre goes into effect Friday.
The ban goes into effect as of 1 pm Mountain Time, as the region is experiencing dry conditions and fire danger ratings of “high” or “extreme.”
Information Officer Carlee Kachman says its crucial to decrease the risk of human-caused wildfires as forest fuels are drying out.
Prohibitions on larger category 2 and 3 open fires are already in effect.
So far this year, there have been 56 fires burning about 85 hectares in the Southeast Fire Centre.
23 of those were human caused and 14 were sparked by abandoned campfires.
Meanwhile, the City of Kimberley has moved up the start time of their fire ban to 4 pm this afternoon.
The City of Cranbrook has also issued a campfire ban, starting at 12 pm.
– Southeast Fire Centre Information Officer, Carlee Kachman
– Jeff Johnson