Fire risk soars with heat

Summer heat has finally arrived and that is fuelling alerts about wildfires.

Summer heat has finally arrived and that is fuelling alerts about wildfires.

Vernon residents are being urged to be cautious with sources of ignition after about an acre of grassland in Becker Park was scorched by flames July 29.

“We’re into a high fire risk and it’s going to get higher because of the hot weather,” said Lawrie Skolrood, deputy fire chief.

The alert has been issued to anyone visiting local parks as well as wilderness areas surrounding subdivisions.

Cigarette butts, campfires and sparks from vehicle exhaust systems can lead to fires starting.

“There’s a real need to be careful when outdoors,” said Skolrood.

Quick action led the Becker Park fire from spreading to nearby homes and the Vernon Recreation Complex.

But Skolrood says there was the potential for the fire to expand.

“There’s a lot of dead grass in there,” he said of the park.

A cause for the fire has not been determined yet.

“We’re not sure if it was pre-meditated, kids playing with matches or someone cooking food,” said Skolrood.