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Kamloops Fire Rescue reminding residents open air burning is not permitted

June 13, 2019 - 2:19 PM

KAMLOOPS — As the City of Kamloops continues to get warmer and dryer, Kamloops Fire Rescue is reminding residents to be fire smart during the hot summer months.

Open air burning of any kind is  not permitted within the city. That includes campfires, cooking fires, burning of yard waste and broadcast burning of weeds, Fire Chief Mike Adams says in a news release issued today, June 13.

“Kamloops Fire Rescue is asking residents to be extremely cautious at this time of year in our grassland and interface areas,” Adams says. “As the weather gets warmer, grasses, leaves, needles  become very dry and can be ignited quite easily.”

Residents are reminded any spark or source of heat can spark a wildfire. The public is also encouraged to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to Kamloops RCMP.

The fire chief also reminds residents to discard all smoking materials safely in apporved containers as numerous fires are started every year by cigarette butts that are carelessly thrown out.

“ATVs are another potential source of a fire that people should be aware of,” he says. “Riders should always stay on approved roadways when operating ATVs and ensure the vehicle has a spark arrestor.”

Homeowners should also use caution when using gas-powered equipment in their yards.

“Keep a source of water and shovel nearby in the event a spark catches,” Adams says.

For more information visit the City’s website.

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