A reminder that open fire prohibition comes into effect in BC’s Caribou at month-end tells us that seasonal threats of forest wildfires represent ongoing concern. Restrictions in the Caribou Fire Centre (CFC) start at noon April 2nd and will remain in effect until September 30 or until further notice (source). Fire management plans have been prepared in all forest districts in BC. Meanwhile, the global trend toward more severe and costly fires brings news from other western forestry jurisdictions, reflecting related concerns over preparedness in advance of this season’s wildfires. We learn that in neighboring Oregon to the south of us there’s some concern over the reduced number of aircraft in the aerial tanker fleet available to fight forest fires this season.