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NEWS RELEASE · 22nd April 2010
Ministry of Forest and Range
Since April 1, the Prince George Fire Centre has responded to 51 wildfires, all of which have been human-caused and therefore considered preventable.

The fires have burned over 464 hectares, with the largest of the fires estimated at 170 hectares in size. Compared to this time last year, there had been only two fires that had burned one hectare.

To ensure you are not the cause of a wildfire, please take the following precautions when conducting any sort of open burning, including campfires:

* Only burn in appropriate conditions. Never burn when it is windy. Gusty winds can carry embers to other combustible materials and start new fires.
* Have enough water and hand tools nearby to control your fire, keeping in mind that winds can materialize quickly, even on a seemingly calm day.
* Ensure that all other combustible materials are cleared well away from the fire.
* Never leave your fire unattended at any time. Before leaving an area, douse the ashes with enough water that they are cold to the touch.
* If you are planning to do any open burning, obtain a burn registration number ahead of time by calling 1-888 797 1717.

The Prince George Fire Centre's jurisdiction stretches from the Yukon and Northwest Territories to Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, the Cottonwood River and Robson Valley in the south, and from the Alberta border west to the Skeena Mountains.

To report a wildfire or unattended campfire call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on most cellular networks.

For more information on open fire restrictions or for updates on current wildfire activity, visit www.bcwildfire.ca.