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Campfire ban in effect throughout Central Okanagan

Starting tomorrow campfires will be prohibited throughout all Central Okanagan municipalities.

The ban takes effect at 12 p.m. Friday and coincides with the similar action announced by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations across the Kamloops Fire Centre area within B.C. parks, Crown and private lands.

The ban will remain in effect until further notice.

As a result of extremely dry conditions and an extended period of hot, dry weather, local fire chiefs have decided to implement the total ban on campfires within all local government jurisdictions of the Regional District.

This includes the City of Kelowna, the District of West Kelowna, the District of Lake Country, the District of Peachland and the Central Okanagan East and West electoral areas.

Open burning has not been allowed within any jurisdiction of the Regional District and member municipalities since April.

Local bylaws also prohibit the use of any fireworks at any time throughout the Central Okanagan.

Violators may receive a fine and be charged the cost of the fire department response to a burning complaint.

Residents are encouraged to report anyone who is illegally burning by calling the Kelowna Fire Department Regional Dispatch Centre at 250-469-8577.

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