October 15, 2015 - 11:30 AM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - As the weather continues to cool off and fire season comes to a close, open burning is now allowed throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre.
As of noon today, Oct. 15, the current open burning ban will be completely rescinded in the areas under the Kamloops Fire Centre’s jurisdiction. Many local municipalities are following suit, lifting open burning bans if they haven’t already.
If you are lighting an open fire you are required to have sufficient personnel, water and tools on hand to keep it under control. In the Kamloops Fire Centre, category three fires — piles of more than two metres high or three metres wide, stubble or grass covering more than 0.2 hectares, or more than two piles of any size — require a burn registration (call 1-888-797-1717) and must comply with air quality control regulations for venting and air quality.
Many regional districts and fire departments require you to obtain burning permits prior to lighting fires and residents are reminded to check with local authorities before lighting any fires.
More information on local open burning can be found at the following links:
South Okanagan: http://www.rdos.bc.ca/departments/community-services/burning-permit/
Central Okanagan: http://www.kelowna.ca/CM/page565.aspx
North Okanagan: http://www.rdno.ca/index.php/services/community-services/open-burning
To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on your cellphone.
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