Not three weeks removed from flooding states of emergency and evacuation alerts, the South Okanagan is facing an open-burn prohibition.
Effective noon today, any open burns larger than a campfire will be prohibited throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre’s jurisdiction.
The ban is intended to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect the public, the province says.
Prohibited activities will also include the use of:
- fireworks (including firecrackers);
- sky lanterns;
- burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description;
- binary exploding targets (pre-packaged or homemade explosives, such as Tannerite, Thundershot, Gryphon, Firebird SS65, Sure Shot or similar products); and,
- tiki torches and similar kinds of torches.
The prohibition does not ban campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide (or smaller), and does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.
Otherwise, anyone conducting Category 2 or Category 3 open burn at elevations above 1,200 metres — which is currently permitted within the Kamloops Fire Centre — must extinguish those fires by noon today.
These types of open burns are already prohibited at elevations below 1,200 metres.
The prohibition is expected to remain in effect until Oct. 15.
Anyone found in contravention of an open-fire prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail.
If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.