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Southern Interior residents appear to be getting message about wildfire safety

August 21, 2018 - 4:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - Over the August long weekend, dozens of campers were slapped with fines for disobeying the province's campfire ban, but it turns out people in the Kamloops Fire Centre make up a tiny portion of that number.

Since the campfire ban went into place in the Kamloops Fire Centre on July 26, just five tickets for infractions against the wildfire act have been issued in the region, which includes the August long weekend.

Over those three days, 42 illegal campfire violation tickets were handed out across the province, totaling more than $48,000 in fines, according to the Ministry of Environment.

The Ministry did not have data on hand for where the violations were handed out.

But data does show offences for lighting, fuelling or using fire against restrictions included just one in the Fraser River Zone and three in the North Okanagan Zone since the campfire ban went into effect.

One ticket for dropping, releasing, or mishandling a burning substance was handed out in the South Okanagan, bringing the total number of offences in the Kamloops Fire Centre to just five.

It may be too soon to say, but it appears at least some people are getting the message about being responsible during the wildfire season.

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