Campfire ban now in effect

Effective Tuesday, August 5 campfires are prohibited throughout the area.

SOUTHEAST FIRE CENTRE –  Submitted

Effective at noon Pacific Time on Tuesday, Aug. 5, campfires were prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre to help prevent humancaused wildfires and protect public safety.

This measure is in addition to an open burning prohibition implemented on July 2.

With the current trend of warm and dry weather in British Columbia, wildfires have displayed very aggressive behaviour and required additional fire suppression resources. Human-caused wildfires can divert critical resources and crews from responding to naturally occurring wildfires.

The campfire prohibition will remain in place until the public is notified that it has been rescinded. A map of the area covered by the ban is available online.

Specifically, prohibited activities will include:

• Campfires, as defined in the wildfire regulation.

• The burning of any waste, slash or other materials.

• Stubble or grass fires of any size over any area.

• The use of burning barrels of any size or description.

• The use of fireworks, sky lanterns, tiki torches or chimineas (outdoor fire pits).

The prohibition does 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, so 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.

The open burning prohibition covers all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands, but does not apply within the boundaries of local governments that have forest fire prevention bylaws and are serviced by fire departments. Please check with local governments for any other restrictions before lighting any fire.

Anyone found in violation of a fire prohibition, including campfires, may be issued a ticket for up to $345. Anyone who causes a wildfire through arson or recklessness may be fined up to $1 million, spend up to three years in prison and be held accountable for associated firefighting costs.

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

 

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