Take care in tinder-dry woods

There's no rain expected until late in the month

The woods are tinder dry right now, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change anytime soon, says Donna MacPherson.

The fire information officer for the Coastal Fire Centre urged campers and other to be more careful than they have been in the past.

“We are in extreme fire danger, with the forest extraordinarily dry,” she said. “We don’t expect any substantial rain until Sept. 23, so we are asking people to be extremely careful with their campfires.”

She noted that some campers aren’t getting the message about the need to properly put out their fires.

“We were disappointed that we were finding some fires that were not properly extinguished,” she said. “Of the 95 incidents reported in the Coastal Fire Centre region on the long weekend, 86 of them were for campfires not put out right. That’s 90 per cent.”

MacPherson noted that the investigation into last week’s fire at Cameron Lake was human-caused, but remains under investigation.

“The woods are drier than you think,” she added.