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Open burning ban to take effect in Kamloops Fire Centre next week

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July 24, 2020 - 11:25 AM

Starting next Wednesday, Category 2 and 3 open fires will be banned in the Kamloops Fire Centre.

The ban comes into effect at 12 p.m., July 29. according to a B.C. Wildfire Service media release.

Category 2 is an open fire, excluding a campfire, that burns piled material no larger than two metres high and three metres wide and a Category 3 open fire is a fire that burns material in piles larger than two metres high and three metres wide, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service. Small campfires and cooking stoves are not included in this ban.

The ban will remain in effect until Oct. 15 or until the order is rescinded. 

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A full list of banned activities includes:

• Category 2 open fires
• Category 3 open fires
• fireworks
• sky lanterns
• binary exploding targets
• burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description except when used for a campfire as defined by the wildfire regulation

The ban applies to public and private land within the Kamloops Fire Centre, unless specified otherwise in an enactment. 

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of up to $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs, B.C. Wildfire said.


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