August 27, 2013 - 11:41 AM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN – Thanks to recent rains throughout the region B.C. Wildfire has rescinded the campfire ban as of noon today, just in time for the last long weekend of the summer.
The precipitation means a decreased risk of wildfires but those choosing to light a campfire must still follow all regulations, which include size, creating a buffer and having at least eight litres of water or a shovel on site to properly extinguish the fire. Campfires must also not be left unattended and you have to ensure the fire is completely out before leaving the site.
Open fires, sky lanterns, burning barrels, industrial burning and fireworks remain prohibited and fines remain in place for those in violation of the open fire ban. Local governments may have different bylaws and restricitons.
The ban came into place Aug. 1 but was rescinded in the Clearwater region last week.
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