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Vernon bans campfires and barbecues in parks and open spaces due to wildfire risk

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July 21, 2017 - 10:39 AM

VERNON - Leave the hotdogs and pack a sandwich instead — no campfires or barbecues are allowed in Vernon’s parks and open spaces until further notice.

The City of Vernon and Vernon Fire Rescue Services issued a notice this morning, July 21, stating campfires and fire appliances (such as portable barbecues or camp stoves) that use liquefied or solid fuel are prohibited in all City parks and open spaces due to the extreme risk of wildfire in the region.

Liquefied and solid fuels include, but are not limited to, seasoned wood, charcoal briquettes, propane or natural gas, the City says in a media release.

The ban does not extend to barbecues on private property, however, the public is reminded to be cautious in light of extreme conditions in the North Okanagan.

“In extreme conditions, new fires will start easily, spread rapidly and challenge fire suppression efforts,” the City officials say.

Disposal of lit cigarettes should be done safely using closed containers. Do not park or drive on dry grass, as heat from a vehicle can potentially start a fire, the City states.

Ensure compost piles are not close to any dry materials that could ignite. Do not leave grass or tree cuttings on the ground that could be potential fuel for fires.

“Please remember that we all have a part to play in keeping our City safe from wildfire,” officials say.

The maximum fine for a fire in a public place is $200. A summary conviction for any infraction in the park could result in a maximum fine of $10,000.

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