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Open burning bans to be rescinded for parts of Kamloops fire centre

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September 15, 2016 - 9:57 AM

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Starting tomorrow morning, Sept. 16, two of the current open burning bans in Clearwater and Salmon Arm will be rescinded.

Two prohibitions will remain in place in the Kamloops, Vernon, Penticton, Merritt and Lillooet fire zones until Oct. 15 or until the public is otherwise notified.

According to a release from the Ministry of Forests, Land and Natural Resource Operations, the open fire prohibitions apply to:

  • burning any waste, slash or other materials
  • lighting more than two open fires of any size at the same time
  • burning stubble or grass
  • fireworks, sky lanterns, tiki torches or burning barrels of any size or description
  • the use of binary exploding targets

The ban doesn't bar campfires which are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller and doesn't not apply to cooking stoves which use gas, propane or briquettes.

The prohibition covers all B.C. Parks, Crown lands and private lands, but doesn't apply within the boundaries of a local government that has forest fire prevention bylaws in place and is serviced by a fire department.

"Before lighting any fire, residents should check with local civic authorities to see if any other restrictions are in effect," the release says.

The Kamloops Fire Centre stretches from the northern border of Wells Gray Provincial Park to the U.S. border in the south, and from the Bridge River Glacier west of Gold Bridge to the Monashee Mountains east of Lumby.


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