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Caution urged as fire weather index reaches extreme in P.E.I.

With the fire weather index at extreme and very high across P.E.I., all domestic and industrial burning permits are suspended until conditions improve. Small campfires for recreational purposes are still permitted.
With the fire weather index at extreme and very high across P.E.I., all domestic and industrial burning permits are suspended until conditions improve. Small campfires for recreational purposes are still permitted. - 123RF Stock Photo

With the fire weather index at extreme and very high across P.E.I., wildfire fighters are asking Islanders to be extremely cautious.

All domestic and industrial burning permits are suspended until conditions improve.

Small campfires for recreational purposes are still permitted.

However, Mike Montigny, fire services manager with the Forests, Fish and Wildlife Division, said people having a campfire on their own property are still responsible for the fire and, should it escape, for any and all suppression and damage costs.

Anyone wishing to have a campfire at a campground or cottage rental should have the owners’ permission.

“The Island has experienced a long stretch of very hot and dry weather this summer and this has driven up the fire weather index to unusually high levels,” said Montigny in a news release.

“The forecast is also calling for high gusty winds over the next few days, so this combination will create potential for serious wildfires across the province.”

The fire weather index is updated around noon each day. Current information is available online.

Information is also available from any forest district office or by calling 902-368-4800 after hours to hear an automated recording.

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