Wildfire regulations to limit open burning

Kayla Pepper, with the wildfire management branch in Kamloops, says the vast majority of fires they've dealt with this year have been human caused.

KAMLOOPS - Wildfire Management Branch is cracking down on open burning regulations, to help reduce the risk of wildfires in the Kamloops region.

The size of open fires will be restricted starting at noon on May 15, 2014 in most areas of the Kamloops Fire Centre. Clearwater and Salmon Arm Fire Zones are excluded from the new regulations, which will be in effect until Oct. 15, 2014.

Effective June 15, all open burning in the Kamloops, Clearwater and Salmon Arm regions will be prohibited. This includes B.C. parks, Crown lands and private lands.

Kamloops Fire Centre crews have responded to 38 wildfires since the beginning of the month, most of which were human caused and a result of poorly planned open burning.

The Kamloops Fire Centre stretches from the Bridge River Glacier west of Gold Bridge to the Monashee Mountains east of Lumby, and from the northern border of Wells Gay Park to the U.S. border to the south, including Kelowna, Penticton and the South Okanagan.

Fines will be issued for those seen violating regulations.

Information about open burning and tips on making responsible burning decisions, can be downloaded through B.C. Wildfire. 

To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call *5555 on your cellphone or call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free.

A map of the affected areas is available online here.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Meaghan Archer at marcher@infotelnews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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