Most week­end fires in B.C. be­lieved to be hu­man-caused: Wild­fire Ser­vice

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

HAR­RI­SON HOT SPRINGS, B.C. — BC Wild­fire Ser­vice says the bulk of fires that started this week­end across the prov­ince were caused by peo­ple. Spokes­woman Claire Allen says there were about 30 new wild­fire starts over the week­end and 20 of them are be­lieved to be hu­man-caused. Crews have yet to con­tain a 60-hectare blaze near Har­ri­son Hot Springs that is among those sus­pected to be hu­man­caused.

The fire isn’t threat­en­ing any homes or prop­er­ties, but re­cre­ation ar­eas re­main blocked off to give crews clear ac­cess to for­est ser­vice roads. An­other hu­man-caused fire in the Whistler-Black­comb re­sort area is less than half a hectare in size and Allen says the fire is ex­pected to be con­tained soon.

A 156-hectare fire near Kam­loops was 80 per cent con­tained by Mon­day morn­ing while a 25-hectare fire in West Koote­nay is 60 per cent con­tained

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