Fire bans are coming to the Kamloops Fire Centre next week, but campfires will still be permitted.
The Ministry of Forests has decided to restrict category 2 and category 3 open fires, as well as some other activities and the use of certain equipment, as of noon on Wednesday, June 12, in a bid to help prevent human-caused wildfires.
The prohibition will remain in effect until noon on Oct. 15 or until the order is rescinded. Anyone conducting category 2 or category 3 burns within the Kamloops Fire Centre's jurisdiction must extinguish those fires by the June 12 deadline.
Specifically, prohibited activities will include:
• the burning of one or more open fires larger than one metre high by two metres wide;
• stubble or grass fires of any size;
• the use of fireworks, firecrackers, sky lanterns, tiki torches (and similar kinds of torches);
• the use of burning barrels and burning cages of any size or description; and
• the use of binary exploding targets (pre-packaged or homemade explosives such as Tannerite, Thundershot, Gryphon, Firebird SS65, Sure Shot, or similar products).
A graphic explaining the different fire categories is attached to this story.
The pending prohibition does not ban campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide (or smaller) and does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.
Last year, campfires were banned on July 26. In 2017, campfires were banned on July 7. In 2016, there were no campfire bans.
The fire restrictions will apply to all public and private land within the Kamloops Fire Centre, unless specified otherwise via a local government bylaw. Before lighting any fire, people should check with local government authorities to determine if any other burning restrictions are in effect.
Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of up to $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.
Report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation by calling 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, click here.