08/03/2013 13:58 EDT | Updated 10/03/2013 05:12 EDT

Caution urged as B.C. sees increased forest fire risk

Firefighters expect to have their hands full with blazes across the province this long weekend, so they're asking people to be careful when heading into the woods.

Fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek says warm weather has left the forest tinder dry in the province's southern parts, and an unstable weather pattern is expected to bring lightning over the weekend.

Skrepnek is warning people not to be complacent when heading into the backwoods because firefighters are busy battling blazes started by Mother Nature.

“With lightning fires, they tend to be in harder to access place and of course just with the sheer volume of them that have happened at once — given that we were expecting to be quite busy with responding to these naturally occurring fires, we wanted to do all we could to prevent human-caused ones,” he said.

More than 100 new wildfires have started around the province over the past few days, most of which were caused by lightning.

“Most of these fires are relatively small, they have been coming with, in general, with a little bit of precipitation, so that has kept them manageable up until now, but it's still a bit of a drain on our resources at this point.”

Campfire bans are in place for the Coastal, Kamloops and Cariboo fire centres, and open fires are banned throughout the province.