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Campfire ban in effect Friday

A campfire ban comes into effect Friday to prevent wildfires. - Andre Lodder/Morning Star
A campfire ban comes into effect Friday to prevent wildfires.
— image credit: Andre Lodder/Morning Star

Effective at noon Friday, all campfires are banned in the North Okanagan.

The Kamloops Fire Centre has issued the ban for the entire fire zone, excluding Clearwater.

A map of the area covered by the ban is available at http://bit.ly/Q0tEMK

This step is being taken to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.

The fire danger rating is currently 'high' with scattered pockets of 'extreme' throughout the fire centre.

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

Open burning is prohibited throughout the Kamloops fire centre, which applies to fires of any size, fire with a burn registration number, industrial burning, fireworks, tiki torches and burning barrels. It does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to portable campfire apparatus with a CSA or ULC rating (as long as the height of the flames is less than 15 cm).

The open burning ban covers all B.C. parks, Crown and private lands, but does not apply within local government boundaries that have forest fire prevention bylaws and are serviced by a fire department. Check with local governments for any restrictions before lighting a fire.

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

The prohibition remains in place until the public is notified it has been restricted.

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