08/25/2012 07:27 EDT | Updated 10/25/2012 05:12 EDT

B.C. fire danger decreases with rainfall

Fire crews brought in to help protect B.C. from potentially devastating wildfires may be sent home soon as rainfall has eased the fire danger in much of the province.

Last weekend, the risk was high to extreme in much of the province.

But rain over the past two days has lowered the risk considerably in the Prince George and Kamloops fire districts.

Nearly 80 people were flown in from fire crews in other provinces last weekend, but provincial fire information officer Fiona Tolivson says they may be going home.

"They are still in the province helping out with the fire activity but of course, with the amount of precipitation that we’ve received, the need for them is being analyzed," she said.

"It is concluded that we are able to send them home, that will be done."

But fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek cautions that doesn't mean fire season is over.

"We did get some precipitation over the last few days, and that has lowered it [the fire risk] in some areas," he said.

"Certainly, in most of the Okanagan, we are still looking at a high fire danger, but I think the message we want to get across is that this could just be a temporary respite from what was a fairly hot, dry period that we were in."

A campfire ban in the Kamloops fire centre has been partially rescinded thanks to the recent rainfall.