Earth Issues

May 15 marks start of open fire restrictions

 | May 2, 2013

Fire BanEffective at noon on May 15, 2013, the size of open fires will be restricted in most of the Kamloops Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect the public.

This prohibition will apply to all areas of the Kamloops Fire Centre except the Clearwater Fire Zone and the Salmon Arm Fire Zone. Anyone conducting Category 2 or 3 fires outside of those two zones must extinguish any such fires by noon on May 15.

Specific activities affected by this prohibition include:
* The burning of any waste, slash or other materials (piled or unpiled) at a size larger than one-half metre by one-half metre.
* The burning of more than two open fires of any size at the same time.
* Stubble or grass fires of any size over any area.
* The use of fireworks, sky lanterns or burning barrels of any size or description.

This prohibition does not ban campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide (or smaller) and does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.

This prohibition covers all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands, but it does not apply within the boundaries of a local government that has forest fire prevention bylaws in place and is serviced by a fire department. Before lighting any fire, residents should check with local civic authorities regarding any current prohibitions.

This prohibition will remain in effect until October 15, 2013, or until further notice. A map of the affected areas is available online here.

To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call *5555 on your cellphone or call toll-free to 1 800 663-5555.