Crews snuff out Oliver Wildfire

Crews snuff out Oliver Wildfire

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The Kamloops Fire Centre is reminding people about the open burning ban in the district. People are urged to take extreme caution during these dry conditions. Shown here is a file photo of a previous grass fire off McKinney Road.
Pg 2 -fire The Kamloops Fire Centre is reminding people about the open burning ban in the district. People are urged to take extreme caution during these dry conditions. Shown here is a file photo of a previous grass fire off McKinney Road.

The Kamloops Fire Centre is reminding people about the open burning ban in the district. People are urged to take extreme caution during these dry conditions. Shown here is a file photo of a previous grass fire off McKinney Road.

A wildfire north of Oliver last week poses no more threat to the community.

Fire information officer, Kayla Pepper from the Kamloops Fire Centre, thanked the public for reporting this fire west of McIntyre Bluff near Covert Farms.

The cause is still under investigation, although there were reports of lightning in the area.”

Pepper said 10 firefighters responded with assistance from one helicopter. At one point 22 personnel were on site.

It only took a couple of days to fully contain the fire.

As dry conditions persist, an open burning ban continues, and will remain in place until October 15 in the Kamloops, Vernon, Penticton, Merritt and Lillooet fire zones.

This open fire prohibition applies to the burning of any waste, slash or other materials, the burning of stubble or grass, and the use of fireworks, sky lanterns or burning barrels of any size or description.

The 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.

The ban covers all BC parks, Crown lands and private lands, but does not apply within the boundaries of a local government that has forest fire prevention bylaws in place and is serviced by a fire department.

Before lighting any fire, residents should check with local civic authorities regarding any current prohibitions.

Anyone found in contravention of an open fire prohibition may be issued a ticket for $345 or, if convicted in court, be fined up to $100,000 and sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person may be subject to a penalty of up to $10,000 and be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

For information about open burning and tips on making responsible burning decisions, download one of the open burning guides at: http://bcwildfire.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/Bans.asp

To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call *5555 on your cell phone or call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free.

For the latest information on fire activity, conditions and prohibitions, visit the Wildfire Management branch website: www.bcwildfire.ca

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