Delta fire danger at 'extreme'

The City of Delta moved the fire hazard rating to extreme.

The city notes continued dry weather has resulted in conditions that are tinder dry and extremely sensitive to spark and fire. Parks, so far, have not been closed.

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The city notes campfires and briquette barbecues/cooking stoves are prohibited everywhere, while propane or gas-powered barbecues/cooking stoves are only allowed in day use areas with picnic tables, picnic shelters & group camps. People must stay with their barbecue or stove at all times while using it.

As well, people are asked to remain on trails at all times.

The forecast calls for hot weather today, Wednesday and Thursday over the south coast. Maximum temperatures will reach the upper-20s near the water and the low to mid-30s inland. Overnight minimums will only recover to the mid-to-upper teens. Temperatures are expected to cool down Friday.

You can also follow these helpful tips:

* Do not discard smoking materials from vehicles; use vehicle interior ashtrays

* Do not dispose of cigarette butts in flower beds or bark mulch beds

* Use large, deep, non-tip ashtrays to prevent ashes from falling onto combustible materials

* Allow lawn and farm equipment to cool before storing away

* Exercise caution with All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), which produce a tremendous amount of heat and can ignite brush from their exhaust system

* Be aware of all spark and fire sources

* Be cautious around fire in windy conditions.

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