Fire wardens will be on patrol this weekend making sure campers keep their bonfires under control as Mother Nature threatens to start more blazes of her own this weekend.
Fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek said temperatures will hover in the mid to high 30s well into next week and there is the potential for thunder and lightning storms Saturday and Sunday.
That is a dangerous combination, he said. Fire crews are on standby in case the pending lightning causes multiple fire starts. Fire wardens are on duty to ensure people’s camp fires don’t get out of control and start more fires.
“We’re at a high level of preparedness,” he said.
Campfires no more than a half-metre high by a half-metre wide are still allowed. Skrepnek said no bans are in place but, with the continued hot weather, it might only be a matter of time.
Lightning is responsible for all recent fire starts, he said. There have been 115 fires reported in the Kamloops Fire Centre since April 1. Of those, 85 have been human caused.