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Vernon, Armstrong, Enderby lift campfire ban

Cities join in with Kamloops Fire Centre’s lifting of ban at 12 p.m. today, Friday, June 16
The Cities of Vernon and Armstrong will join in with the Kamloops Fire Centre and lift a campfire ban effective today, Friday, June 16, at 12 p.m. (Black Press Media - File)

Campfires which comply with the City of Vernon good neighbour and fire services bylaws will be allowed within the municipal boundary as of 12 p.m. today, Friday, June 16.

Favourable weather over the last week and cooler temperatures in the forecast have reduced the wildfire risk within the city. As of today, the fire danger rating for Vernon is listed as moderate to low.

The campfire ban is being lifted in coordination with the BC Wildfire Service, which has announced it is rescinding campfire prohibitions within the Kamloops Fire Centre, effective as of 12 p.m. on Friday, June 16, 2023.

“Please continue to use care and caution if enjoying a campfire. It’s a requirement that fires not be left unattended and that they are fully extinguished before leaving the site,” said Vernon fire chief David Lind. “We appreciate everyone’s help in keeping our community safe and for practicing fire safe behaviours.”

The City of Armstrong will also lift the ban at 12 p.m. today on the recommendation of Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Chief Ian Cummings.

Like Vernon and the Kamloops Fire Centre, cooler temperatures and increased precipitation have reduced the risks in the Armstrong-Spallumcheen region.

The City of Enderby will likewise lift the ban at noon today due to the current and forecast decline in the fire danger rating.

If you choose to have a small campfire, please remember:

• Only burn dry, seasoned wood;

• Never leave a fire unattended;

• Be mindful of smoke’s impact on neighbours; don’t allow dense smoke or noxious odours;

• Keep water or a hand tool nearby at all times when the campfire is lit;

• Ensure the fire is fully doused before walking away at the end of your time outside.

Residents are reminded that consumer fireworks and sky lanterns are not permitted within the City of Vernon boundaries.

The use or storage of fireworks without a permit may result in a fine of up to $300 and multiple fines may be issued for a single infraction.

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