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Here's why the campfire ban in the Southern Interior won't be lifted for the long weekend

August 31, 2018 - 3:30 PM

As summer comes to an end, plenty of people will be heading out in the Southern Interior to camp this long weekend, and although cooler temperatures have hit the region, a campfire ban remains in place.

Ryan Turcot, fire information officer for B.C. Wildfire, says a number of factors are considered when deciding to either implement or lift a fire ban, including the fire activity level in each fire centre.

"The decision on when or where fire prohibitions are lifted is made by the six regional fire centres for their regions," explains Turgot. "It's based on the current fire danger rating, weather forecast and the level of fire activity."

Although much of the Southern Interior has gotten a taste of cooler temperatures and some much-needed precipitation over the last several days, there are still more than 500 fires burning across the province, and allowing campfires would essentially be an added risk.

Turcot says he's not aware of any fire centres in the province considering lifting the campfire ban for the long weekend.

On the bright side, there are options for you if you're planning on going camping while the ban is on.

Go here to check out what you can and can't use during a campfire ban.

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