Category 2 open burning permitted in Kamloops Fire Centre

KAMLOOPS – Effective at 12 noon on Friday, June 19, 2020, the following are once again permitted throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre’s jurisdiction:

• Category 2 open fires as defined by the Wildfire Regulation;

• Resource management open fires as defined in the Wildfire Regulation;

• Fireworks;

• Sky Lanterns; and,

• Burn Barrels or Burn Cages of any size or description

Considering weather patterns and the time of year, the BC Wildfire Service has identified an opportunity to allow Category 2 open burning throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre. Ongoing assessment of the need for prohibitions is occurring.

The BC Wildfire Service urges people to take the following precautions with any allowed outdoor burning:

Ensure that enough people, water and tools are on hand to control the fire and stop it escaping.

Do not burn in windy conditions. The weather can change quickly, and wind may carry embers to other combustible material and start new fires.

Create a fire guard around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material right down to the soil.

Never leave a fire unattended.

Make sure that your fire is fully extinguished, and the ashes are cold to the touch before you leave the area for any length of time.

A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online:

Category 3 open fires are still prohibited throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre.

Check with local government authorities to see if they have any other restrictions in effect before lighting any fire.

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:

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