Burn prohibition to cover all of Kamloops Fire Centre

the current

Open burning ban will be expanded across the entire Kamloops Fire Centre
to include Salmon Arm and Clearwater fire zones

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:

http://bcwildfire.ca/ftp/!Project/WildfireNews/KFCJune15.pdf

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

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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