P.E.I. issues fire warning as hot, dry weather continues
Monday, June 30, 2014, 5:42 PM -
The Prince Edward Island government is warning of an increased threat of forest fires due to recent hot, dry weather.
The Agriculture and Forestry Department has raised its fire weather index to high for western areas of the island.
“The recent warm and windy weather has raised the Fire Weather Index (FWI) to Moderate in eastern and central PEI and High in western areas of the Province,” said Reg Conohan, Acting Field Services Manager. “With more high temperatures and gusty winds forecast for the next few days, the FWI could reach very high or even extreme over this Canada Day holiday.”
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"Due to weather conditions, effective immediately burning permits are no longer valid and outdoor burning will not be allowed until the Fire Weather Index returns to Low." said the Department in a press release.
Conohan said firefighters are concerned because the forecast is calling for more high temperatures and gusty winds in the days ahead.