August 21, 2014 - 5:17 PM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Recent cool, wet weather means that as of today, Thurs. Aug. 21, you can once again have campfires in the Kamloops Fire Centre one week ahead of the long weekend.
B.C. Wildfire lifted the ban, which was put in place more than five weeks ago, following a decrease in wildfire risk thanks to all the rain that has fallen over the past week. Most of the region is now in the low to moderate fire danger rating, though there are pockets of both very low and high risk areas.
Campfires are also allowed in the Prince George and Southeast fire centres and parts of the Coastal, Northwest and Cariboo regions.
Campfires must be under half-metre wide by half-metre high and a shovel or water was be on hand to properly extinguish the fire. Campfires are not allowed to be left unattended and the ashes must be cool to the touch before leaving the area.
Open burning, which includes fires larger than half-metre high by half-metre wide, industrial burning, fireworks and burning barrels, is still prohibited throughout the fire centre.
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