Large Category 3 fires have been banned from the Kamloops Fire Hall beginning at noon on Thursday, June 30.
The ban, which will be in effect until Oct. 15, is enacted to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety across the Kamloops Fire Center, which spans from Blue River in the north to the US border, and from Bridge River in the west to the Monashee Mountains in the east.
Category 3 fires include all fires over two meters high by three meters wide. It also includes three or more piles burning simultaneously no more than two meters high by three meters wide, with all windrows and stubble or grass burning over an area greater than 0.2 hectares.
“The Kamloops Fire Center wishes to thank the public for their continued assistance in preventing wildfires,” the ministry said in a statement.
“Anyone conducting Category 3 open fires within the jurisdiction of the Kamloops Fire Center must extinguish those fires by the June 30 deadline.”
The ban does not prohibit category 2 fires or campfires or apply to gas, propane or briquette stoves.
The Forestry Department says the ban applies to all public and private lands in the Kamloops Fire Center unless otherwise specified in a local government regulation.
Violators could be fined $1,150 and be required to pay an administrative penalty of up to $10,000. If found guilty in court, people could also be fined up to $100,000 and/or spend up to a year in jail.
Persons found responsible for a fire may also be required to pay all firefighting and other related costs.
To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 toll free or *5555 on a cell phone.