Local campfire ban extinguished

Cooler weather means campfires are back.

Cooler weather means campfires are back.

Campfires are now allowed within the North Okanagan due to a decreased risk for wildfires.

The B.C. Forest Service had initiated a ban last week because hot temperatures were leading to dry conditions.

The public is reminded that campfires cannot be bigger than a half-metre high by a half-metre wide, and that a minimum of eight litres of water must be nearby to prevent fire escapes.

Always ensure ashes are cool to the touch before leaving an area.

All other open burning remains prohibited within the Kamloops Fire Centre, which includes the North Okanagan.

This includes:

Burning any waste, slash or other material;

Burning stubble or grass; and

Using fireworks or burning barrels of any size or description.

The ongoing ban covers all B.C. Parks, Crown and private lands, but does not apply within the boundaries of local governments that have forest fire prevention bylaws and are serviced by a fire department.

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

The City of Vernon has also lifted its ban on fires of any size, including campfires, fireworks, tiki torches and burning barrels.

“This information applies to all areas of the city,” said deputy fire chief Lawrie Skolrood.