While it hasn't been the warmest spring and summer up to now, it hasn't been the wettest either. As a result the fire danger rating was increased to "High" this week, which means no campfires, brush fires or backyard burns are allowed. Barbecues are still allowed in parks and camping areas, provided they are used and extinguished in a safe manner.
As well, Whistler Fire Services put excavation and blasting companies on notice this week. As a result of the elevated fire danger rating all construction activity must stop by 1 p.m. each day starting Friday, with a minimum two-hour fire watch after construction wraps up. That could impact several projects, including the construction of a Valley Trail link between Spring Creek and Cheakamus Crossing.
Work can resume as normal when the danger rating drops to "Moderate" and is rated that way for two days.
Information on the fire hazard and restrictions is available at www.bcwildfire.ca by clicking on the Fire Danger Rating link, Danger Class Report and the Coastal Fire Centre.