After a soggy June, many local residents thought summer would never come. But, along with August came summer weather and the usual concerns extreme heat brings.
Fortunately, there have been few heat related injuries or issues reported.
"We haven't seen too much yet, in terms of heat stroke," noted Kim Bailey of the Ridge Meadows Care Clinic.
Another summer concern is fire. Open burning is never permitted in Pitt Meadows or much of Maple Ridge, but with fire risk levels still high, it's time for a reminder.
"You cannot burn wood in backyards in Pitt Meadows at any time," said Pitt Meadows assistant fire chief Brad Perrie. "When you have a natural gas or propane fire pit, when it's out, it's out."
He noted wood-burning fires continue to smoulder and it takes only a spark to ignite the dry ground.
"Depending on what happens with the weather there may be a [complete] ban," noted Maple Ridge assistant fire chief Timo Juurakko.
Outdoor cooking is acceptable in Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge under certain conditions.
Both Perrie and Juurakko suggest residents read the burning bylaws for their community.
Trevor Smith, meteorologist with Environment Canada said there are no expected heat waves on the horizon, but any precipitation today through Monday should be minimal.
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