South Okanagan resident gets expensive lesson on open burning ban

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PENTICTON - Backyard burning cost an Okanagan Falls resident a hefty fine last week.

Sgt. Andrew Baylis says RCMP officers, B.C. Conservation officers and a crew from the Okanagan Falls Fire Department were called to a home in Okanagan Falls regarding an open burning complaint on Tuesday, July 18.

Firefighters extinguished the fire and the homeowner was issued a ticket for open burning which Baylis says can exceed $1,100.

“I’d like to remind everyone, with an open burning ban in place, burning will not be tolerated,” he says.

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