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General News · 5th October 2012
Bruce Brown
For Immediate Release
October 5, 2012
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Coastal Fire Centre
Fire Danger Rating high on B.C.’s south coast

PARKSVILLE – Abnormally dry weather will persist through the Thanksgiving Day long weekend, so the Coastal Fire Centre is urging the public to continue to be cautious with any forest activity that could start wildfires, including campfires and equipment use.

Forest fuels are very dry, and continuing unseasonably warm and dry weather will extend the “extreme” and “high” Fire Danger Ratings on southern Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. Significant precipitation will be necessary to reverse this trend.

The Coastal Fire Centre has responded to 234 wildfires since April 1, 100 of which were caused by lightning and 134 caused by people.

The public is reminded that Category 2 and fireworks use are currently prohibited throughout the Coastal Fire Centre, except in the Skeena-Queen Charlotte, Mount Waddington and Central Coast regional districts. Check regularly for the latest news on burning restrictions. For information on current fires of note in B.C., go to

To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, please call *5555 on your cell phone or 1-800-663-5555 toll-free.

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Contact: Donna MacPherson
Fire Information Officer
Wildfire Management Branch
Coastal Fire Centre
250 951-4209

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Donna MacPherson
Coastal Fire Information Officer
Wildfire Management Branch

Coastal Fire Centre
665 Allsbrook Rd
Parksville BC V9P 2T3
desk 250.951.4229
media 250.951.4209
cell 250.927-1446
fax 250.951.4227