Starting at noon next Thursday (June 30), Category 3 fires will be banned in southeastern British Columbia.
Campfires will remain permitted: a category 3 fire is any fire over 2m high by 3m wide, meaning the ban applies to fire piles, windrows and grass in fire. A Category 3 ban is also in place for the Cariboo and Kamloops fire regions.
The BC Wildfire Service implemented the ban to help prevent wildfires and ensure public safety. British Columbia will experience its first heat wave in the coming days, with Environment Canada issuing a special weather statement warning of high temperatures in the province from Saturday through early next week.
Anyone conducting a Category 3 fire within the jurisdiction of the Southeast Fire Center must have it completely extinguished by noon that day. No timetable for the ban was shared, with the ban remaining in place until further notice and applying to both public and private land.
Anyone who violates an open fire ban may be issued a $1,150 ticket, be required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if found guilty by a court, be fined up to up to $100,000 and/or one year in prison. If the contravention causes or contributes to a forest fire, the responsible person may be ordered to pay all firefighting and related costs.
Keep up to date with wildfire activity, burning restrictions and the difference between a campfire, a category 2 fire and a category 3 fire on the BC Wildfire website.
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