Southeast Fire Centre issues campfire ban beginning Friday at noon
Southeast Fire Centre is advising that effective at noon Pacific Time on Friday, July 3, 2015, campfires will be prohibited throughout the region to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.
The campfire prohibition will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.
The campfire ban is in addition to Category 2 and Category 3 open burning prohibitions that are already in effect.
To learn about the differences between campfires, Category 2 open fires and Category 3 open fires, please visit: http://bit.ly/1GlhE9l
Specifically, prohibited activities include:
- campfires, as defined in the wildfire regulation
- 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
- 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 Forest District and the Rocky Mountain Forest District.
A map of the affected area is available online at: http://bit.ly/1LRgWip
The Southeast Fire Centre said 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.
The public is advised to please check with local authorities to see if any other burning restrictions are in place before lighting any fire.
Anyone found in contravention of a fire prohibition may be issued a ticket for $345, 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