In response to the increased wildfire conditions, a ban on all open burning, including campfires will start at noon Thursday, June 8, in the City of Penticton.
The city’s ban aligns with the provincial ban that comes into effect at 12 p.m. in the majority of British Columbia.
This ban does not restrict fires in cooking stoves using gas, propane or briquettes, or to a portable campfire apparatus with a CSA or ULC rating (providing the flame height does not exceed 15 centimeters) but does restrict fires in portable wood-burning fireplaces and campfires.
City of Penticton beach firepits will also not be in use while the ban is in place.
Specifically, prohibited activities will include: campfires, 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 City of Penticton reminds residents to be prepared for wildfire season by having an emergency plan in place and applying FireSmart principles to their homes and properties. For further information or to receive a free home assessment contact firstname.lastname@example.org.