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No fireworks on Halloween in Kamloops due to wildfire risk

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What appears to be a long-lasting summer could give mean awesome conditions for trick-or-treaters later this month, but it puts a damper on those looking forward to fireworks in Kamloops.

Kamloops Fire Rescue is concerned continued hot and dry conditions put the area at risk for wildfires.

“We know that fireworks displays are often a part of Halloween celebrations in Kamloops, and we understand this decision may not be a popular one, however, our decisions are made in the best interest of public safety,” deputy chief Ryan Cail said in a news release.

Without approval from the fire department, residents can be fined $250 for "using, possessing, storing or selling illegal fireworks," according to the release.

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Temperatures have remained well above 20 Celsius in the first couple weeks into fall, while Environment Canada hasn't recorded any precipitation in Kamloops since Sept. 16.

By Monday, that may change as there's a 60 per cent chance of rain in Kamloops and temperatures are expected to drop just below 20 C for the next seven days, according to Environment Canada.

“This year, the risk of fireworks contributing to an interface fire within City limits is too great, and we hope the community is understanding and cooperative," Cail said in the release.

The B.C. Wildfire Service recorded 53 new fires in the last seven days, but the Kamloops fire centre region has largely been spared. Most of the ongoing fires are also suspected to be started by lightning rather than people.

The Kamloops Fire Rescue news release reminds the public to call 911 for any fires within city limits and dial *5555 or 911 for any outside Kamloops.

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