North Okanagan residents should be careful over the Canada Day weekend.
The Regional District of North Okanagan is reminding residents and visitors that there are fire restrictions in place for the Kamloops Fire Zone, which includes the North Okanagan.
“While small campfires that are no larger than a half-metre wide and a half-metre high are permitted in the electoral areas, the use of fireworks is strictly prohibited,” said Alastair Crick, protective services manager.
“Instead, people are being encouraged to attend the publicly organized fireworks displays and Canada Day celebrations. Within city boundaries, residents and visitors should refer to the local municipal bylaws for fire or firework restrictions.”
To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.
High water also continues to create safety hazards at local recreational swimming areas, and caution should be exercised in or around lakes or creeks.
“Hidden debris beneath the water’s surface can create unexpected safety hazards, even for an experienced swimmer,” said Crick.