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Campfire ban to be rescinded in southern B.C.
KAMLOOPS - Effective at noon on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, campfires will once again be allowedthroughout the Kamloops Fire Centre, Southeast Fire Centre and Cariboo Fire Centre. A returnto more seasonal weather conditions and recent precipitation has reduced the wildfire risk inthese areas.
The BC Wildfire Service reminds the public that Category 2 and Category 3 open fires, which arefires larger than 0.5 metres by 0.5 metres, remain prohibited in these three fire centres. Aposter 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 (includingfirecrackers) and burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description remain prohibitedthroughout the Southeast Fire Centre, but will be allowed in the Kamloops Fire Centre andCariboo Fire Centre as of noon on Sept. 22. The use of tiki torches and chimineas will beallowed 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 shovelduring the entire time the campfire is lit. They also must completely extinguish the campfireand 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 notapply within the boundaries of a local government that has forest fire prevention bylaws and isserviced by a fire department. Always check with local authorities to see if any other burningrestrictions 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 orcontributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting andassociated costs.
Although the off-road vehicle prohibition in the Cariboo Fire Centre, Kamloops Fire Centre andSoutheast Fire Centre was rescinded on Sept. 20, 2017, the public is reminded that arearestrictions are in effect in the vicinity of some wildfires in these fire centres.More information about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 foundonline at: http://www.gov.bc.ca/wildfirebans
To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call *5555 on a cellphoneor 1 800 663-5555 toll-free.
For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and airquality advisories, visit: www.bcwildfire.ca
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Kamloops Fire Centre InformationBC Wildfire Service250 554-5965
Southeast Fire Centre InformationBC Wildfire Service250 365-4014
Cariboo Fire Centre InformationBC Wildfire Service778 799-2101