Risk of wildfires increases in the Southeast Fire Centre

The Southeast Fire Centre has responded to 95 fires since the season started, one third of which were human caused.

Recently the Southeast Fire Centre has responded to 47 new wildfires with 43 being caused by lightning.

Since April 1, the centre has responded to 95 fires, 34 per cent of which were human caused.

Person-caused fires draw valuable resources away from naturally occurring fires.

With the increasing number of fires occurring across the centre, the public is asked to be careful so that resources can focus on naturally occurring wildfires.

Although there are several active fires within the southeast, it should not have any significant fires that would produce the amount of smoke being seen across the centre.

The fire danger rating is moderate to high across most of the centre with pockets of extreme danger in the Arrow, Kootenay Lake, Boundary, Invermere and Cranbrook zones.

For the latest information on current wildfire activity including burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to http://bcwildfire.ca.