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Some campfire bans lifted, but you might not be able to burn just yet

September 07, 2018 - 5:00 PM

B.C. Wildfire has ended a number of fire bans in time for the weekend, but if you plan to roast some marshmallows, you may still have some work to do.

Towns and cities typically impose their own fires bans, if they are ever allowed at all. You will have to check with local authorities to see if fires are allowed and most of them haven't lifted the bans yet. 

The City of Vernon is allowing campfires in city jurisdiction starting today.

Vernon's Fire Chief says in a news release that campfires complying with the city's good neighbour and fire services bylaws are once again allowed within city limits thanks to recent rain and cooler temperatures.

This comes on the heels of the provincial government announcing earlier today, Sept. 7, that campfire prohibitions had been lifted in areas across the province including the Kamloops Fire Centre.

However, the B.C. Wildfire Service urged people to comply with their local authority's direction on whether or not fires were permitted locally.

The Regional District of the Central Okanagan and the District of Summerland each distributed news releases today stating campfire bans are still in effect in their respective areas.

According to a news release, Central Okanagan fire chiefs have not lifted the ban due to a continued high fire hazard rating in the region, and the ban will be in effect until further notice. The district includes the cities of Kelowna and West Kelowna, along with the districts of Lake Country, Peachland and Westbank First Nation.

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