Campfire ban lifted in Boundary area

Ministry of Forests rescind campfire ban in Southeast Fire Centre.

  • Fri Aug 15th, 2014 12:00pm
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Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Southeast Fire Centre

 

INFORMATION BULLETIN

Campfire ban rescinded in Southeast Fire Centre

 

CASTLEGAR – Effective at 4 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, Aug. 15,

campfires once again will be permitted throughout the Southeast Fire

Centre’s jurisdiction.

 

The current campfire ban is being rescinded due to cooler weather in the

forecast and recent precipitation that has resulted in a decreased

wildfire risk in the region.

 

Anyone lighting a campfire must follow B.C.’s campfire regulations, which

include the following:

 

* The campfire must not be bigger than half a metre wide or half a metre

high.

* Flammable material (such a twigs and pine needles) must be removed from

around the campfire area and this fuel-free area must be maintained while

the campfire is burning.

* A shovel or at least eight litres of water must be available onsite to

properly extinguish the fire.

* A campfire must never be left unattended.

* The ashes must be cool to the touch before you leave the area for any

length of time.

 

An existing open fire prohibition will remain in place until the public

is otherwise notified. Specifically, prohibited open burning activities

include:

 

* The burning of any waste, slash or other materials.

* Stubble or grass fires of any size over any area.

* The use of fireworks, sky lanterns or burning barrels of any size or

description.

 

The open burning prohibition covers all BC Parks, Crown lands and private

lands, but does not apply within the boundaries of a local government

that has forest fire prevention bylaws and is serviced by a fire

department. Please check with local authorities for any other

restrictions before lighting a fire.

 

Anyone found in contravention of an open fire prohibition may be issued a

ticket for $345 or, if convicted in court, may be fined up to $100,000

and sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or

contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be subject to a

penalty of up to $10,000 and be ordered to pay all firefighting and

associated costs.

 

The Southeast Fire Centre covers the area extending from the U.S.A.

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.

 

To report a wildfire, 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, go to:

http://www.bcwildfire.ca

 

You can also follow the latest wildfire news on:

 

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