This weekend the fire danger rating for Sayward was at moderate, as a 12-hectare fire burned near town

This weekend the fire danger rating for Sayward was at moderate, as a 12-hectare fire burned near the village.

The B.C. Wildfire Service says cooler weather and showers are in the forecast this week for most of the province and that should cut the risk of a serious blaze.

Wildfire Service spokesman Kevin Skrepnek says the past weekend was the busiest so far in the young fire season that started April 1st, but he also calls it an “early season blip.”

A wildfire grew to more than two-square kilometres, prompting evacuation orders and a local state of emergency near Fraser Lake but Skrepnek says those orders are rescinded and that fire is now being held, along with another nearly 20 hectare fire east of Kamloops.

Skrepnek expects conditions to ease as last week’s heat wave passes — but cautions that significant rain is needed all across B.C. through normally rainy May and June, to prevent major wildfires during the heat of summer.

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The Canadian Press

The Canadian Press