Campfire Ban Effective Friday July 7th at Noon
July 7, 2017
The BC Wildfire Service is issuing a campfire ban for the Southeast Fire Centre, which includes the RDCK.
The RDCK Fire & Emergency Services is emphasizing that with the long stretch of warm weather in the forecast, wildfire risk will continue to increase. 40% of wildfires in BC are human caused. Please exercise extreme caution using BBQ's, approved portable fire devices, or any other source of ignition. Please dispose of cigarettes safely and responsibly.
Consider having a FREE FireSmart Assessment at your property, or get involved in the community FireSmart program to help reduce the risk wildfire around your home.
Here is the content of the BC Wildfire Press Release:
Campfires to be banned within the Southeast Fire Centre
Effective at noon Pacific time on Friday, July 7, 2017, campfires will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.
This campfire ban will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.
The Southeast Fire Centre is currently experiencing dry conditions and fire danger ratings are generally high or extreme throughout the region. With forest fuels drying out and lightning storms in the weather forecast, it is crucial to decrease the risk of human-caused wildfires so firefighters can concentrate on naturally occurring wildfires in the region.
Prohibitions on larger Category 2 and Category 3 open fires are already in effect throughout the Southeast Fire Centre.
To learn about the differences between campfires, Category 2 open fires and Category 3 open fires, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/wildfirebans or review the open fire regulations poster at: www.gov.bc.ca/openfireregs
Specifically, prohibited activities once the campfire ban takes effect will include:
- campfires, as defined in the Wildfire Regulation: www.gov.bc.ca/wildfirelegislation
- the burning of waste or other materials
- stubble or grass fires of any size over any area
- the use of fireworks, sky lanterns, tiki torches, chimineas, burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description
- the use of binary exploding targets (e.g. for target practice)
- the use of air curtain burners (forced air burning systems)
The Southeast Fire Centre covers the area extending from the U.S. border in the south to Mica
Dam in the north and from the Okanagan Highlands and Monashee Mountains in the west to
the B.C.-Alberta border in the east. It includes the Selkirk Natural Resource District and the
Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District.
A map of the affected areas is available online at: http://ow.ly/lGdb30drACI
These prohibitions do not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to a portable campfire apparatus with a CSA or ULC rating that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel so long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres. The use of a campfire apparatus that does not meet these specifications is prohibited.
These prohibitions cover all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands, but do not apply within the boundaries of a local government that has forest fire prevention bylaws and is serviced by a fire department. Always check with local authorities to see if any other burning restrictions are in place before lighting any fire.
Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.
To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.
For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air
quality advisories, visit: http://www.bcwildfire.ca
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The content on this page was last updated July 7 2017 at 11:12 AM