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NEWS RELEASE · 6th May 2010
Ministry of Forest and Range
The Prince George Fire Centre is encouraging the public to continue to exercise caution with all burning despite cooler weather, said Forests and Range Minister Pat Bell.

"Nearly half of wildfires result from careless human behavior every year," said Bell. "I'm calling on all British Columbians to take an active role in fire prevention this season, and be our partner in protecting people and communities."

To date the Prince George Fire Centre has responded to 60 fires burning a total of 595 hectares. The fire danger rating throughout the Prince George fire centre remains low to moderate. In the past week, the Prince George Fire Centre has responded to six fires. All of these fires have been human-caused and are considered preventable.

The Prince George Fire Centre is encouraging residents to take the time to prepare and exercise caution when spring burning. A burn registration number is required for all burns exceeding 0.2 hectares and is obtained by calling 1-888 797-1717.

Some considerations before conducting any type of burning:
* Clear the area of all combustible materials, including dry grass, wood and fallen leaves.
* Have enough people, tools and water nearby to control the fire.
* Burn only in appropriate weather conditions.
* Stay in attendance of the fire at all times and only leave the area after the fire is doused with water and the ashes are cold to the touch.

Please check with your local authorities before lighting a fire to ensure any burning is done in compliance with local bylaws.

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

The public should be aware that they may be held responsible for fire suppression costs should their negligence result in a wildfire. To report a wildfire or unattended campfire call 1 800-663-555 or *5555 on most cellular networks. For more information on open fire restrictions or for updates on current wildfire activity, visit www.bcwildfire.ca.