BRITISH COLUMBIA

BC Fire Bans, Warm Weather Prompts Prohibitions For Province

09/19/2012 08:25 EDT | Updated 07/29/2013 04:27 EDT
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CREEDE, CO-June 25, 2013: Firefighters battling the West Fork Complex get water from the Rio Grande River, June 25, 2013. The wildfire in southwestern Colorado continues to have potential for growth. (Photo By RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
VANCOUVER - A beautiful end to B.C.'s summer has prompted yet another fire ban, which now means no burning in most of the province.

Fire Information Officer Lindsay Carnes says conditions are so warm and dry that minor smouldering from lightning strikes over a month ago have grown into fires.

Carnes says those flames were expected to go out with the wet weather that usually leads into the fall.

The latest ban started Thursday and includes the forest districts of Mackenzie, Fort St. John, Fort St. James, Dawson Creek and Vanderhoof.

Carnes says the latest bans, in addition to other fire bans issued earlier, means most of the province is covered.

The prohibitions apply to fireworks and the burning of waste, slash and grass.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version wrongly said the ban applies to campfires.

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