Smokers are being asked to employ common sense when walking or hiking the recreational trails around Chilliwack.
‘No smoking’ signs have been posted at all of the trailheads maintained by City of Chilliwack for a couple of weeks now.
They were posted at the entrance point of about 30 trails in direct response to provincial alerts about the extreme forest fire risk, said city operations staff.
The signs remind people not to smoke or have campfires, and they’re asking the public to comply.
They have even upped patrols of maintenance personnel along the trails, who are finding too many cigarette butts still being carelessly discarded on the ground.
It’s considered worrisome that people are still risking fires by smoking in a tinder-dry forested area, and if they do smoke despite the signs, they are asked to removed every cigarette butt and not to leave any along the trails.