Campfire ban lifted for rural Oliver

Campfire ban lifted for rural Oliver

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After a more than two month ban, campfires are allowed in the rural Oliver area.

The BC Wildfire Service has rescinded campfire bans in specific regions, including the Kamloops Fire Centre, effective at noon today, as a result of reduced wildfire risk across most of the province from rain and cooler temperatures.

However, fires within town limits are still prohibited. Approved cooking stoves with flames less than 15 cm are allowed.

Although campfires are allowed in the rural area, the following activities remain prohibited throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre:

  • Category 2 and Category 3 open fires, as defined in the Wildfire Regulation,
  • the use of tiki torches,
  • the use of sky lanterns,
  • the use of fireworks, including firecrackers,
  • the use of burn barrels or burning cages of any size or description,
  • the use of binary exploding targets (e.g., for target practice).

For more information on other restrictions, contact local government authorities before lighting any fire.

Campfire bans are also fully rescinded throughout the Prince George Fire Centre and Cariboo Fire Centre, and are partially rescinded (for specific areas only) in the Coastal Fire Centre, Southeast Fire Centre and Northwest Fire Centre.

The provincial government also cancelled a B.C.-wide state of emergency today, declared on August 15.

Despite a reduction in the amount of properties under evacuation over the past week, as of this morning, 485 wildfires are still burning in B.C., with 19 evacuation orders affecting approximately 1,994 individuals, and 39 evacuation alerts affecting approximately 4,848 people.

To date, more than 1.3 million hectares have burned in B.C.

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