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Check those campfire plans if you're camping in the south Okanagan

Campers hoping to light a campfire for the first time this summer may be out of luck if they are planning to do it in Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen fire protection areas.
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PENTICTON - Campers planning a campfire this weekend in the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen may need to rethink those plans.

While the campfire ban was lifted earlier this week on lands under jurisdiction of the B.C. Wildfire Service, it will not affect the regional district’s temporary open fire ban, which remains in effect.

All lands contained within the regional district's fire protection areas including Anarchist Mountain, Kaleden, Keremeos, Naramata, Okanagan Falls, Tullameen and Willlowbrook  areas are still under a ban on all open fires, including campfires and fires in portable wood burning fireplaces.

The regional district temporary open fire ban does not apply to provincial campgrounds or Crown Land that lie within regional district fire protection areas, however the ban does apply to private campgrounds within the regional district's jurisdiction.

The ban does not restrict fires in propane or gas stoves, or the use of briquettes.

To check to see if you fall within the RDOS fire service area, check this regional district webpage.

For more information, call 250-492-0237, or toll free at 1-877-610-3737.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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