No more air tankers are parked at Fulton Field, but that doesn't mean the region can breathe easy when it comes to the risk of a forest fire.
Provincial fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek said three of the province's seven air-tanker groups flew home to their respective hangars on Saturday.
With aircraft stationed at the Provincial Airtanker Centre at Kamloops Airport gone, air tankers from Penticton, Abbotsford, Castlegar or Prince George will be summoned if needed, he said Monday.
"Their (contract) dates end at various points in September," said Skrepnek. "We can extend them if there's a need in terms of the fire situation."
With temperatures expected to remain in the high 20s to low 30s for most of the week, there's still a strong chance a fire will start, said fire information officer Michaela Swan.
The fire danger for the Kamloops region was moderate to high on Monday, she said.
"Last year, we were fighting fires right to Thanksgiving," said Swan.
Firefighters recently battled a blaze in the Okanagan that was a holdover from a series of lightning strikes from a couple of weeks ago. Swan said this next heat wave could bring several more such fires to life.
"That is a concern for us," she said.
Forestry crews have also noticed an increase in the number of human-caused fires. If the warm weather persists and frequency of blazes increase, there's a chance a campfire ban removed just before the long weekend will be reinstated.
"That's always something we would consider," said Swan, adding open burning and fireworks are still not allowed.
On the plus side, the days are growing shorter and the nights cooler, which calms fire behaviour, she said.