Kamloops Fire Center Bans Category 2 Fires Effective July 15 – Barriere Star Journal

Effective noon on Friday, July 15, Category 2 open fires, along with other equipment and activities, will be prohibited throughout the Kamloops Fire Center.

These bans are in addition to the Category 3 open fire ban that was implemented on June 30. It is put in place to help prevent human-caused forest fires and protect public safety.

These bans will remain in effect until noon on October 15, or until the orders are reversed. Anyone conducting Category 2 open fires within the jurisdiction of the Kamloops Fire Center must extinguish those fires by the July 15 deadline. A map of the affected area is available online at http://ow.ly/z37730snVtQ.

Once the ban is in place, prohibited open fires, equipment and activities will include category 2 and 3 open fires; fireworks; sky lanterns; and burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description, except when used for a campfire as defined by the Forest Fire Regulations.

Campfires (not exceeding 0.5 meters high and 0.5 meters wide) are not prohibited at this time. Anyone who uses a campfire is expected to do so responsibly by not leaving it unattended and making sure to have materials nearby to put out a fire.

These prohibitions apply to all public and private lands within the jurisdiction of the Kamloops Fire Center, unless otherwise specified in an enactment (for example, in a local government by-law). Before lighting a fire, people should check with local government officials to see if any other burning restrictions are in effect.

Anyone who violates an open burning ban may be issued a $1,150 ticket, be required to pay an administrative penalty of up to $10,000 or, if found guilty by a court, be fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to 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.

The Kamloops Fire Center would like to thank the public for their continued assistance in preventing wildfires. To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 toll free or *5555 on a cell phone.

For up-to-date information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, call 1-888-3-FOREST or visit www.bcwildfire. that.

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