BRITISH COLUMBIA

Hot Weather Raises Wildfire Danger In B.C.

07/16/2013 02:38 EDT | Updated 09/15/2013 05:12 EDT
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Temperatures are forecast to climb this week across B.C., raising the risk of wildfires.

On Tuesday, fire crews rushed to fight a blaze at West Lindell Beach near Cultus Lake, east of Vancouver.

Two helicopters and an air tanker were brought in to prevent the fire from spreading, but fire information officer Navi Saini said the crews had to stop overnight.

"The terrain in the area has been quite steep and rocky and it has been difficult to get access," said Saini.

The fire was about one hectare in size, but it's been difficult to estimate how much of it has been contained, she said.

However, the blaze hasn't threatened any structures or people.

Altogether, about 38 wildfires are burning across B.C., mostly in the Kamloops area.

On Sunday, more than 200 people were told leave campgrounds in Ellison Lake Provincial Park near Vernon, but that blaze was quickly controlled.

Even so, people are being warned to be extra cautious in the dry conditions and be vigilant in putting out campfires.

As of Tuesday morning there were no campfire bans in B.C., but open fires larger than 0.5 meters are banned in several regions, including the Coastal, Kamloops, Southeast and Cariboo fire regions.

The fire danger rating ranges from extreme in small pockets of southern B.C. to very low in areas of the Interior.

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