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Fire restrictions partially lifted

September 15, 2016 11:14 A.M.

Burning restrictions in place for much of the summer in the Kamloops Fire Centre will be eased on Friday, Sept. 16.

Category 2 and Category 3 open burning bans in the Clearwater and Salmon Arm firezones will be rescinded. Category 2 and Category 3 prohibitions remain in place in the Kamloops, Vernon, Penticton, Merritt and Lillooet fire zones until Oct. 15 or until the public is otherwise notified.

A map of the affected areas is available online.

Remaining open fire prohibitions apply to:

  • Burning of any waste, slash or other materials.
  • Lighting of more than two open fires of any size at the same time.
  • Burning of stubble or grass.
  • Use of fireworks, sky lanterns, tiki torches or burning barrels of any size or description.
  • Use of binary exploding targets.

Campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide (or smaller) are permitted along with cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.

Kamloops Fire Centre stretches from the northern border of Wells Gray Provincial Park to the U.S. border in the south, and from the Bridge River Glacier west of Gold Bridge to the Monashee Mountains east of Lumby.

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.

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