Coastal Fire Centre reminding you to be careful.

Brock Hunter  Oct 06, 2012 13:27:36 PM

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – It might be fall but the date on the calendar is not easing the fire danger in our forests.

Thanks to an abnormally dry September and October, the Coastal Fire Centre is warning campers and hikers to be careful this long weekend.

“This is unusual, for us to see the forest remain this dry so far into the fall. That’s our big concern, that people may not understand that even though it’s a little cool in the morning — maybe they’re getting a little dew wherever they are — it is not making any impact on the big fuels that are out in the forest,” says Donna MacPherson with the centre.

She points out they’ve responded to 13 new fires along the South Coast since Labour Day.

“We’re still seeing a lot of people camping out on the coast,” adds MacPherson. “Certainly, if they’re getting out there, they’re going to want to have a campfire because it is a bit cool in the morning. We’re just asking people to be really careful… to make sure that they put the campfire out when they leave.”

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