Fire ban rescinded

Fire ban rescinded

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The open burning ban has been lifted in the Okanagan due to a decreased risk of wildfires. (File photo)

The ban on open burning in the Kamloops Fire Centre region has been lifted.

Due to a decreased risk of wildfires, people are now permitted to have campfires and burn piles in the Okanagan. This includes the use of fireworks, sky lanterns, burn barrels, tiki and similar torches.

A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online at http://ow.ly/znny309kJv5

Before lighting a fire, ensure the following:

If planning to conduct a Category 3 burn, one must obtain an active burn registration number ahead of time (at no charge) by calling 1 888 797-1717.

Check with local authorities (e.g., fire department, municipality or regional district) for any local restrictions, bylaws or regulations.

* Check the local venting index online at http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/epdpa/venting
The venting index must be “good” on the day the fire is lit and “good” or “fair” on the following day.

Meet all equipment requirements for either a Category 2 or Category 3 burn (i.e., sufficient personnel, water and tools on hand to stop the fire from escaping).

Use safe burning practices by creating a fireguard around the planned fire site and by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material.

Never leave a fire unattended and make sure the fire is fully extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.

 

 

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