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Open burning ban extended for Kamloops and Okanagan

An open burning ban for the Thompson and Okanagan valleys was extended by the province until June 15, 2020.
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April 14, 2020 - 4:15 PM

Open burning ban has been continued for in high smoke sensitivity areas of British Columbia including the Thompson and Okanagan valleys.

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy announced today, April 14, an extension of the March 26 open burning restriction for all high smoke sensitivity areas of the province will continue until Monday, June 15. 

The restrictions does not apply to campfires.

The ministry said in a release that the extended restriction period is intended to help reduce excess air pollution in populated areas across the province.

The reduction in air pollution is particularly required as cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in the province, the ministry said. Deterioration in air quality could lead to more and severe cases of the COVID-19 infection in B.C. residents.

The ministry said restrictions will be evaluated daily which may result in changes to the size of the areas in which they apply.

For more on the open burning restrictions, go here.

An open burning ban for smoke sensitive areas (shown in yellow) is now in effect until June 15, 2020.
An open burning ban for smoke sensitive areas (shown in yellow) is now in effect until June 15, 2020.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED /Ministry of Environment and Climate Change

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