B.C.’s Minister of Forest indicates campfire ban may be introduced soon after May long weekend
It’s cooled off in most areas of Vancouver Island today.
But the long-range forecasts all predict a warmer, drier, summer.
That includes the west coast which, according to Accuweather, will be warmer than usual.
The impact is already being felt in the forests and campgrounds.
In Errington, firefighters are jumping off a hovering helicopter.
This is a training session.
When a forest fire is burning, there’s no landing pad for a helicopter.
Fire fighter Christian David says this training is critical.
“It’s a little scary. I think the main thing is that we’re going to be working hand in hand throughout the fire season. So it’s great for these training opportunities to working altogether.”
With more than a dozen forest fires on the island this spring, it’s expected to be a busy summer.
In Greater Victoria, only 10 millimetres of precipitation fell in April, the average is 47.
May is on track to be just as dry, with only 1.4 millimetres recorded.
The average is 37.
B.C.’s Minister of Forests Steve Thomson says there are already dozens of fires burning.
“So far this summer we’ve had 280 fires, we’ve currently got 85 fires burning in B.C.”
The majority of those fires are burning in northern B.C.
The dry weather may result in the earliest campfire ban called by the province.
“It’s not for this weekend, but as we head into the summer we’re certainly going to be looking at that.”
“It’s very dry, any gardener would know how dry it is.”
This campsite is home for Ron and Sandy Stevens for the next ten days.
With family joining them this weekend, everyone’s looking forward to a campfire.
But they understand the need for a ban.
“I think it’s a good idea. Look at Fort McMurray. It’s dry around here. It’s really dry.”
While the government hasn’t indicated when, a campfire ban is likely before the next long weekend this summer.