It looks like a beautiful weekend in store for May Long, capped with forecasted sunshine and a high of 25 on Victoria Day Monday.
With the anticipated nice weather, there is expected to be plenty of campers throughout the region. A reminder is being put out to be safe.
“The golden rule with camp fires is always to soak it, stir it, and soak it again. If you can feel heat coming from what’s left in the fire pit, then it’s not extinguished,” said Melinda Paplawski, Wildfire Information Officer for the Grande Prairie region. “The same thing [goes] for people who might be out in the backcountry, or people who are taking quads and ATV’s out. If you’re going to have a camp fire, to make yourself some lunch or something while you’re out there, make sure that you completely extinguish it.”
A new fine was recently introduced of $287 for leaving a camp fire unattended.
Paplawski adds those using off-highway vehicles are asked to check under their vehicles regularly.
“Even if it’s wet material when it goes in there, it will eventually dry out, and that’s when we worry that it can fall off. Especially if you’re in a big open area with dry grass or something, that can ignite the grass eventually.”
Those with residential fire pits in the city require a permit.
Information for residential burning in the county can be found here.
If camping, carrying things like bear spray and a First Aid kit are essential.