The recent bout of dry weather has increased the fire danger rating for our region.
The majority of the Southeast Fire Centre is currently facing a high rating with extreme pockets in the Columbia Valley.
Information Officer Karlie Shaughnessy says the hotter than normal temperatures pose a risk.
Shaughnessy suggests they are anticipating new fires to start up with the heat and chance of thundershowers later in the week.
This could also result in a ban on campfires in the near future.
As of Monday, Category 2 fires were prohibited in the Southeast Fire Centre.
Shaughnessy says, right now, the only thing the public can burn is a small campfire half a meter high by half a meter wide.
Fireworks, sky-lanterns, and burning barrels are also prohibited at this time.
Shaughnessy explains officials are closely monitoring conditions and any further bans will be dependent on moisture as well as how many human caused fires are burning in the region.
Two new fires have started in our region in the last 24 hours.
Crews are battling a blaze 11 km east of Canal Flats that is 2.1 hectares in size.
It’s not threatening any communities or structures.
A small fire less than a hectare in size is burning 27 km southeast of Invermere but is expected to be held Wednesday.
The blaze northwest of Fernie that crew to over 30 hectares in size is now 100 per cent contained.
Shaughnessy says so far this season 51 wildfires have burned 81 hectares in the Southeast Fire Centre.
Of those, 31 lightning caused and the rest were human caused.
Since last Wednesday there have been 17 wildfires and the majority of those were lightning caused.The five year average for this time of year is 64 fires, burning 274 hectares.
– Southeast Fire Centre Information Officer Karlie Shaughnessy