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City of Penticton corrects information rescinding fire ban

Backyard campfires are okay in the city of Penticton, but burn barrels aren't, as was indicated in a previous statement issued by the city.
June 10, 2020 - 12:48 PM

One letter can make all the difference.

When the City of Penticton advised the public yesterday that a city-wide fire ban that has been in effect since April 7 was lifted, everything was correct but one word — one letter to be exact.

The fire ban was lifted but the city also included a list of fire activities it said were "now permitted" but of course, should have said "not permitted". Our story from yesterday was corrected after we got the real goods from the City.

So, to be clear, the following restrictions on fires within the city remain:

  • The use of backyard fire places are allowed at this time as the present fire danger rating is low
  • Fireworks can be used within the City of Penticton only with an approved permit
  • Sky lanterns are only allowed under specific conditions and require the approval of the fire chief
  • Open burning can only take place with a permit from October 15 to April 15 due to wildfire risk

The city apologized for any confusion its original release might have caused.

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