May 12, 2016 - 10:30 AM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Poorly planned open burning has led to dozens of wildfires in the Kamloops Fire Centre already this spring and as we head into wildfire season, a ban on open burning is set to begin.
Open burning, including yard waste, slash piles, grass fires, fireworks, sky lanterns and burning barrels, are all banned in the fire centre beginning noon on Sunday, May 15, according to a B.C. Wildfire media release.
The ban, which is aimed at reducing the number of human-caused wildfires, does not include campfires smaller than half a metre high by half a metre wide or cooking stoves using gas, propane or briquettes.
B.C. parks, Crown lands and private lands are included in the ban, while properties within local government boundaries must follow regulations for their community, which often fall in line with the provincial regulations.
The bans remains in effect until Oct. 15, or until further notice.
B.C. Wildfire reminds anyone violating the ban could be issued a violation ticket for $1,150 as well as administrative penalties or fines of up to $100,000 and the costs of firefighting required if a wildfire is started because of their activities.
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