Campfires Banned within Kamloops Fire Centre and Village of Keremeos

Effective at noon on Friday, July 7, 2017, open burning and campfires are prohibited throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre and Village of Keremeos to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.

 

This campfire ban will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.

 

The Kamloops Fire Centre is currently experiencing hot and dry conditions and fire danger ratings are generally “high” or “extreme” throughout the fire centre. Prohibitions on Category 2 and Category 3 open fires are already in effect throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre.

 

To learn about the differences between campfires, Category 2 open fires and Category 3 open fires, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/wildfirebans – or review the open fire regulations poster at: www.gov.bc.ca/openfireregs

 

Specifically, prohibited activities will include:

  • campfires, as defined in the wildfire regulation: www.gov.bc.ca/wildfirelegislation
  • the burning of waste or other materials
  • stubble or grass fires of any size over any area
  • the use of fireworks, sky lanterns, tiki torches, chimineas, burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description
  • the use of binary exploding targets (e.g., for target practice)
  • the use of air curtain burners (forced air burning systems)

 

A map of the affected areas is available online: http://ow.ly/Hjq230drQyT

 

These prohibitions do not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to a portable campfire apparatus with a CSA or ULC rating that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel — as long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres. The use of a campfire apparatus that does not meet these specifications is prohibited.

 

These prohibitions cover all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands, including the municipal boundaries of the Village of Keremeos.

 

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning or campfire prohibition in the Kamloops Fire Centre or the Village of Keremeos may be subject to fines up to an amount of $1,150 for each occurrence.

 

To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1 (800) 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit: http://www.bcwildfire.ca.

 

You can also follow the latest wildfire news:

• On Twitter: http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo
• On Facebook: http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo

 

Contact:

Jody Lucius

Fire Information Officer

BC Wildfire Service

Kamloops Fire Centre

250 554-5965

 

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Friday, July 7, 2017 - 1:30pm