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Posted on: September 22, 2017

Campfire band to be rescinded in southern B.C. - Information Bulletin from Ministry of Forests

Campfire ban to be rescinded in southern B.C.


KAMLOOPS - Effective at noon on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, campfires will once again be allowed
throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre, Southeast Fire Centre and Cariboo Fire Centre. A return
to more seasonal weather conditions and recent precipitation has reduced the wildfire risk in
these areas.


The BC Wildfire Service reminds the public that Category 2 and Category 3 open fires, which are
fires larger than 0.5 metres by 0.5 metres, remain prohibited in these three fire centres. A
poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online at:
http://ow.ly/znny309kJv5


The use of sky lanterns, binary exploding targets, air curtain burners, fireworks (including
firecrackers) and burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description remain prohibited
throughout the Southeast Fire Centre, but will be allowed in the Kamloops Fire Centre and
Cariboo Fire Centre as of noon on Sept. 22. The use of tiki torches and chimineas will be
allowed in all three fire centres as of noon on Sept. 22.


People wishing to light a campfire must have ready access to eight litres of water or a shovel
during the entire time the campfire is lit. They also must completely extinguish the campfire
and the ashes must be cold to the touch before they leave the area for any length of time.
Open burning prohibitions apply to all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands, but do not
apply within the boundaries of a local government that has forest fire prevention bylaws and is
serviced by a fire department. Always check with local authorities to see if any other burning
restrictions are in place before lighting any fire.


Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for
$1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of up to $10,000 or, if convicted in court,
fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or
contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and
associated costs.


Although the off-road vehicle prohibition in the Cariboo Fire Centre, Kamloops Fire Centre and
Southeast Fire Centre was rescinded on Sept. 20, 2017, the public is reminded that area
restrictions are in effect in the vicinity of some wildfires in these fire centres.
More information about current area restrictions and open burning prohibitions can be found
online at: http://www.gov.bc.ca/wildfirebans


To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call *5555 on a cellphone
or 1 800 663-5555 toll-free.


For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air
quality advisories, visit: www.bcwildfire.ca


You can follow the latest wildfire news on:

- Twitter at: http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo 
- Facebook at: http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo


Contacts:

Kamloops Fire Centre Information
BC Wildfire Service
250 554-5965


Southeast Fire Centre Information
BC Wildfire Service
250 365-4014


Cariboo Fire Centre Information
BC Wildfire Service
778 799-2101


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