Effective at noon on May 15, 2016, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires will be prohibited throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect the public.
From April 1 to May 11, 2016, BC Wildfire Service crews responded to 36 wildfires in the Kamloops Fire Centre. Many of these wildfires were the result of poorly planned open burning.
Anyone intending to conduct a Category 2 or Category 3 fire must extinguish it by noon on May 15, 2016. This prohibition will remain in effect until Oct. 15, 2016, or until further notice.
Specifically, prohibited activities will include:
- **NEW as of June 16, 16** The use of binary exploding targets including homemade or pre-packaged explosives (used for firearms practice so a shooter can see from a distance whether the target was hit).
- The burning of any waste, slash or other materials (piled or unpiled) larger than one-half metre by one-half metre.
- The burning of more than two open fires of any size at the same time.
- Stubble or grass fires of any size over any area.
- The use of fireworks, sky lanterns or burning barrels of any size or description.
A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online at:http://bit.ly/1GlhE9l
A map of the affected areas is available at: http://bit.ly/23FpWix
This prohibition does not ban 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 covers all B.C. parks, Crown lands and private lands, but it does not apply within the boundaries of a local government that has forest fire protection bylaws in place and is serviced by a fire department. Before lighting any fire, people should check with local authorities to see if any other burning bylaws or restrictions are in effect.
Always check the venting conditions before conducting an open burn. If venting conditions are rated “poor” or “fair”, open burning is restricted. The venting index can be found at:
Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a violation ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.
The Kamloops Fire Centre would like to thank the public for its continued help in preventing wildfires. If you see flames or smoke, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or dial *5555 on your cellphone.
For the latest information on wildfire activity, conditions and prohibitions, visit the B.C. Wildfire Service website: www.bcwildfire.ca
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