City of Vernon to ban open fires

As of noon Thursday, the City of Vernon bans fires of any size...

As of noon Thursday, the City of Vernon bans fires of any size, including campfires, fires with a special permit and industrial burning, fireworks, tiki torches and burning barrels.

This ban applies to all areas of the City of Vernon including the Foothills and Blue Jay subdivisions, Predator Ridge, Canadian Lakeview Estates and Okanagan Landing.

This ban will remain in place until further notice.

The ban does not apply to metal, ceramic or masonry barbeques with a grill and an enclosed flame fueled by propane or briquettes which is being used for the purpose of cooking.

“We are putting this ban in place to help protect public safety and follow the request of The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations who has rated the fire danger rating as extreme,” said Lawrie Skolrood, deputy fire chief for Vernon Fire Rescue Services.