Campfires doused for another summer season

You had to know it was coming.

The Kamloops Fire Centre — which includes the South Okanagan — has put a stop to campfires.

The prohibition goes into effect at noon today.

The decision comes as the BC Wildfire Service deals with several large fires in the Okanagan and Similkameen ignited after lightning storms moved through the Okanagan last week.

Hot and dry conditions — with temperatures in the high 30s — are expected to continue through the weekend and into next week.

“The fire danger ratings in the Kamloops Fire Centre are now generally ‘moderate’ or ‘high’, but these ratings will likely increase this week,” the Kamloops station said in a release.

Also prohibited are:

  • fireworks (including firecrackers);
  • sky lanterns;
  • burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description;
  • binary exploding targets (pre-packaged or homemade explosives);
  • tiki torches and similar kinds of torches; and
  • chimineas, outdoor stoves and other portable campfire apparatuses that are not CSA-approved or ULC-approved.

“These prohibitions apply to all public and private land unless specified otherwise (for example, in a local government bylaw). Please check with local government authorities for any other restrictions before lighting any fire.”

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.

The Kamloops Fire Centre would like to thank the public for its continuing help in preventing wildfires. To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.

 

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