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Penticton campfire ban lifted in time for weekend

It promises to be ideal weather for a campfire this weekend, as the City of Penticton rescinds the campfire ban at noon today, Sept. 14, 2018.
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September 14, 2018 - 10:45 AM

PENTICTON - Thanks to the unseasonably rainy and cool weather, Penticton has lifted the ban on campfires in the city.

Penticton Fire Chief Larry Watkinson says in a media release the ban will be lifted at noon today, Sept. 14, but a burning ban remains in place for open fires.

Earlier this week Watkinson said he would consider following the province's lead and lift the ban if the cool, wet weather continued.

Watkinson urges those tending campfires to continue to use caution and take proper measures to ensure the fire is completely out when no longer in use.

Stiff fines are possible for anyone in violation of the continuing open fire ban, the city says. Fires caused by arson or recklessness could result in fines up to $1 million and up to three years in prison. If convicted, the individual could be held accountable for firefighting costs.

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen lifted their fire ban in conjunction with the province earlier this month.

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