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ROBO
08-21-2003, 03:53 AM
Forest fire advisory
Hello I thought this should be posted somewhere.

TRAVEL ADVISORY ISSUED TO REDUCE FIRE STARTS
Aug 20, 2003 12:03 PM
VICTORIA In order to reduce the risk of new human-caused fires, the province is issuing a travel advisory for forested and backcountry areas in the Southern Interior and the Coast.
With 3,500 firefighters now employed on over 800 active fires, the B.C. Forest Service is asking residents and visitors to do their part in preventing new fires. The Forest Service asks people to avoid all non-essential backcountry and forest use travel in the Southern Interior and Coast regions of the Province.

This advisory applies to the Cariboo, Kamloops and Kootenay areas and the southern Coast, excluding the North Island and Central Coast. More information can be obtained on the Ministry of Forests, Protection Program web site at http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/protect/.

In order to provide the highest level of safety possible for those who choose to ignore this advisory, the Forest Service, other government agencies and industry partners will record the license plate numbers of vehicles entering backcountry and forested areas.

Forests and grasslands are tinder dry due to continuing high temperatures, low humidity levels and a prolonged period without rain. In these conditions, the smallest spark can start a new wildfire, potentially trapping people in isolated areas. While open flames or cigarettes are obvious risks, people should be aware that overheated exhaust pipes or metal parts on vehicles that strike rocks can start new fires.

The B.C. Forest Service recommends the public stay on the highways and choose to enjoy developed recreational areas and commercial campgrounds.

The Forest Service encourages the public to report a wildfire, by calling 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on most cellular networks. To report any suspicious activity, please call the above number (1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on most cellular networks) or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

A reward of up to $50,000 is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in deliberately setting wildfires. Arson is a criminal offence and is punishable by a severe prison sentence.


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Honky
08-21-2003, 06:36 AM
Thanks for the post !!


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