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Open burning allowed again in Kamloops Fire Centre

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June 18, 2020 - 4:27 PM

A wet spring has prompted B.C. Wildfire officials to permit open burning throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre tomorrow.

Effective noon Friday, June 19, Category 2 open fires will be allowed, along with resource management open fires, fireworks, sky lanterns and burn barrels or cages, according to a B.C. Wildfire Service media release.

Category 2 fires are defined as one to two concurrently burning piles no larger than two metres high by three metres wide, and stubble and grass burning over an area less than 0.2 hectares.

"Considering weather patterns and the time of year, the wildfire service has identified an opportunity to allow Category 2 open burning throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre," the release states. "Ongoing assessment of the need for prohibitions is occurring."

B.C. Wildfire is asking people to be cautious when burning outdoors by making sure enough people, water and tools are on hand to keep the fire under control and to put it out.

It advises not to burn in windy conditions and keep an eye on the changing weather because wind can carry embers and start new fires. 

Creating a fire guard around the fire site by removing twigs, grass, leaves and anything else that could burn is a good idea.

And of course, never leave a fire unattended and be sure the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving.

Category 3 open fires, which include any fire larger than two metres high by three metres wide, are still prohibited.

For more information about the different categories of open burning go here.

B.C. Wildfire also asks you check with local government for other restrictions in effect in your municipal or regional jurisdiction.

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