More bans are in effect in British Columbia as the risk of wildfire grows and a record-breaking heat spell settles across the province until at least next week.
Bans on all open burning except campfire were imposed in several areas Friday at noon.
Those bans, which remain in effect until Oct. 15, also include prohibitions on fireworks or items like tiki torches or sky lanterns.
Environment Canada is calling for highs of 40 degrees or possibly higher across the southern Interior as well as inland Vancouver Island, with temperatures just a few degrees cooler on parts of Vancouver Island’s south and east coasts and in northeastern B.C.
Records are expected to start tumbling tomorrow or Sunday but Bella Bella on the central coast already set one when the region hit 25 degrees Thursday, almost a full degree warmer than the previous high set just four years ago and eight degrees above the normal temperature for the month.