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Campfire ban lifted for small fires only
A ban on small campfires was lifted Monday due to reduced fire risk, but the ban on larger fires remains in place.
The Kamloops Fire Centre announced Monday that it was lifting the ban imposed Aug. 15 throughout its region.
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) immediately followed with an announcement that it was lifting its ban on small campfires throughout all areas of the RDOS including Osoyoos.
Category 2 and 3 open fires remain prohibited throughout the entire Kamloops Fire Centre area. This includes all open fires larger than a half-metre high by a half-metre wide, fires with a burn registration number, industrial burning, fireworks, sky lanterns and burning barrels.
Anyone found in violation of an open fire ban may be issued a ticket for up to $345. If the fire leads to a wildfire, the person responsible can be fined up to $1 million, imprisoned up to three years and be held accountable for firefighting costs.
Campfires must not be left unattended, and must follow campfire regulations.
The provincial ban covers all B.C. Parks, Crown lands and private lands, but doesn’t apply within boundaries of local governments that have forest fire prevention bylaws and are serviced by fire departments. The RDOS ban covers those areas not covered by the provincial ban.
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