Fire ban extends to Clearwater on June 15

Only campfires will be allowed after noon on Friday, June 15, within the Clearwater fire zone

  • Jun. 6, 2012 5:00 a.m.

KAMLOOPS – Effective at 12 noon on Friday, June 15, 2012, the current open burning ban will be expanded across the entire Kamloops Fire Centre to include the Salmon Arm and Clearwater fire zones, in order to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect the public.

This prohibition will remain in place until Oct. 1 in the Clearwater and Salmon Arm fire zones and until Oct. 15 in the Kamloops, Vernon, Penticton, Merritt and Lillooet fire zones, or until the public is informed otherwise.

Anyone planning to conduct Category 2 or 3 fires in the Salmon Arm and Clearwater fire zones must extinguish all such fires by noon on June 15.

Specifically, this open fire prohibition applies to:

· The burning of any waste, slash or other material.

· The burning of stubble or grass.

· The use of fireworks or burning barrels of any size or description.

This ban does not restrict campfires that are a half-meter high by a half-meter wide (or smaller) and does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.

This prohibition applies to all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands. It also applies within the boundaries of Distict of Clearwater, which follows the BC Forest Service’s lead on fire bans. Before lighting any fire, residents should check with local civic authorities regarding any current prohibitions.

A map of the affected areas is available online at: http://bcwildfire.ca/ftp/!Project/WildfireNews/KFCJune15.pdf

The Kamloops Fire Centre stretches from the northern border of Wells Gray Park near Blue River to the United States border to the south, and from the Bridge River Glacier west of Gold Bridge to the Monashee Mountains east of Lumby.

For information about open burning and for more tips on making responsible burning decisions, please download one of the guides to open burning at: http://bcwildfire.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/Bans.asp

Anyone found in contravention of an open fire prohibition may be issued a ticket for $345 or, if convicted in court, be fined up to $100,000 and sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person may be subject to a penalty of up to $10,000 and be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

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

For the latest information on fire activity, conditions and prohibitions, visit the Wildfire Management Branch website: www.bcwildfire.ca

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