Open burning allowed in the North Okanagan

Effective at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 15, open fires will be permitted in all fire zones

Effective at noon on Tuesday (today), open fires will be  permitted in all fire zones within the Kamloops Fire Centre due to a  decreased risk of wildfires.

Members of the public will be allowed to:

* burn waste, slash or other material

* burn stubble or grass

* use fireworks or burning barrels of any size or description

This rescinding of the open fire prohibition applies to all B.C. Parks,  Crown lands and private lands, but does not apply within the boundaries  of local governments that have forest fire prevention bylaws and are  serviced by fire departments.

Anyone contemplating lighting an open fire should first check with  civic authorities to see if any local burning restrictions are in  effect.

Anyone who wishes to light a category three fire must first obtain a burn registration number by calling 1-888-797-1717.

People planning to conduct an open burn should use caution and follow  these safety precautions:

* Locate the fire site away from buildings, trees and other combustible

materials.

* Do not burn during windy conditions.

* Have adequate people, water and hand tools available to prevent the

fire from escaping.

* Never leave a fire unattended.

Anyone lighting a fire must ensure that they conduct the burn safely  and responsibly, as outlined in the Wildfire Act and its regulations.

If an open fire escapes and is determined to have caused a wildfire,  the person responsible may be liable for fire suppression costs and  damages.

Information on open burning, burn categories and current fire  prohibitions is available at: http://bcwildfire.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/Bans.asp