Rivers and streams are drying up
The wildfire risk is increasing with the rising temperatures and lack of rain. (Sharon Vanhouwe, mycoastnow.com staff)
A B.C. drought map shows much of the province is dry or very dry.
All of Vancouver Island is very dry.
River Forecast Centre head Dave Campbell said river levels across the island and the Sunshine Coast are near historical lows for this time of year.
“We are seeing flows that we see every ten years or twenty years range for this time of year. We are still a couple of months out from the absolute lowest flows of the year we typically see in August.”
With the current dry conditions expected to continue into summer, the City of Nanaimo is reminding residents smoking, campfires and barbeques are not permitted in City parks.
The City says most brush fires within the city are the result of human carelessness, in the form of poorly discarded cigarettes either thrown from a car window or not properly extinguished in an ashtray.
In Sechelt, a complete fire ban will take effect this Thursday.