Forest fire index climbing on P.E.I.

All burning permits on Prince Edward Island have been cancelled after days of record-breaking heat and tinder-dry conditions.

All burning permits in the province have been cancelled

All burning permits on Prince Edward Island have been cancelled after days of record-breaking heat and tinder-dry conditions.

The rating for forests in the central and southeastern parts of the province was pushed to very high on Tuesday morning. The index for the rest of the province is considered high.

Provincial forestry officials say they hope campers will play it safe and skip open fires altogether.

"There's certainly nothing in terms of significant precipitation scheduled for at least the next two weeks, so we're just kind of keeping our fingers crossed and asking people to use extreme caution if they do have anything that is outdoors," said Forestry Information Officer Ken Mayhew.

Campfires are banned at the Prince Edward Island National Park.

Officials say they'll continue to monitor wind speeds and dry forest conditions, warning an unattended fire can get out of hand in minutes.