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  Weekly Feature (July 4, 2004)

Forest Fires: 2004


Summer 2004 has officially started, and many of us are enjoying the warm temperatures at the local beaches and parks. If camping is one summer activity you enjoy, remember to be careful with campfires.

Once again, British Columbia is experiencing too may forest fires. Currently, there are about 443 forest fires burning in BC. Last year at this time, only 110 forest fires were burning. The province is spending $3 million per day fighting fires for a total so far of $32 million compared with last year’s total of $8 million.

Weather is an important factor in the increase of forest fires. The province is very dry and lightning has started most of these fires. However, people need to be careful when going into forested areas. Remember to never leave a campfire unattended and to be very careful with cigarettes.

Currently there is a ban on open campfires in the lower mainland area including the Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands. For more information visit Information about B.C. Forest Fires

 Another reminder sparked by the fires is water conservation. Another long hot summer is here, so we need to remember to think about our water usage. Lawns need very little water; ˝ an hour twice a week is plenty. Think about getting a rain barrel for watering your plants. Check this site for Water Saving Ideas

Enjoy your summer but remember our wonderful province needs our attention.

Visit Last Week's Feature: Canada Day 2004

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