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.
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.
This prohibition will remain in place until Oct. 1, 2012 in the
Clearwater and Salmon Arm fire zones and until Oct. 15, 2012 in the
Kamloops, Vernon, Penticton, Merritt and Lillooet fire zones, or until
the public is informed otherwise.
A map of the affected areas is available online at:
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-metre high by a
half-metre 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,
but does not apply within the boundaries of a local government that has
forest fire prevention bylaws in place and is serviced by a fire
department. Before lighting any fire, residents should check with local
civic authorities regarding any current prohibitions.
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
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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