Not even social media shame can end irresponsible behaviour during wildfire season

The volunteer fire department in Keremeos had this tongue-in-cheek message to deliver to the public.

No matter how many warnings are issued, how many restrictions are in place, how many people are evacuated from their homes or how many thousands of hectares are burning across our province, some people just don't understand why they can't have a fire or toss their cigarette.

Yesterday, iNFOnews.ca published "A bozo's guide to wildfire season in the Southern Interior" but apparently it needs part two.

Kamloops Fire Rescue Asst. Chief Dave McMahon confirmed that crews responded to a report of a campfire on a Kamloops beach last night, near the Henry Grube Education Centre. He said crews were able to extinguish it, but didn't have exact details or circumstances.

"Within the City of Kamloops there’s a 'no open burning bylaw' under any circumstances, let alone a fire danger rating extreme and a provincial state of emergency," McMahon said.

Although he said the fire was nothing too dramatic, people sounded off on social media.

One person, who claims to have called the blaze in, posted about people having a campfire on the beach, to which someone seemingly tried to defend the act.

Image Credit: FACEBOOK

He suggests the 'tide' from the Thompson will rise and put it out. 

"LOL. Use your brain," he said.

Similar unconfirmed reports are circulating throughout the Okanagan, including a Penticton reader who said people are lighting fires directly on cement pads designed to make Skaha beach fire pits unusable. 

To report a wildfire, you can call 1 800-663-5555 or dial *5555 on a cell phone.

For the provincial fire information line call 1-888-336-7378.


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