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Province lifts open burning ban

The province has lifted its ban on open burning in the central southern Interior.

All open fires are now permitted within the Kamloops Fire Centre, due to the decreased risk of wildfire. The Central Okanagan is included in the Kamloops Fire Centre.

The public can now:

• Burn any material larger than a half-metre high by a half-metre wide.

• Burn stubble or grass.

• Use fireworks or burning barrels of any size or description if they are allowed in the jurisdiction where one lives. Local bylaws prohibit the use of fireworks at any time throughout the Central Okanagan.

Anyone considering category 2 or 3 fire must comply with the Ministry of Environment's Waste Management Act and open burning smoke control regulation.

For more information, go to: www.bcairquality.ca

Category 3 fires require a burn registration number, which may be obtained by calling 1 888 797-1717. Individuals who fail to meet these requirements may be subject to fines.

The public is also being urged to follow these tips on using fire safely:

• Keep fire sites away from buildings, trees and other combustible materials.

• Do not burn during windy conditions.

• Have adequate people, water and hand tools available to prevent the fire from

escaping.

• Never leave a fire unattended.

The government says the onus is on each individual to ensure safe, responsible burning, as outlined by the Wildfire Act and regulations. Those found to have been responsible for an escaped fire may be liable for fire suppression costs and damages.

The rescinding of the restriction applies to all B.C. parks, Crown and private land, but does not apply within the boundaries of local governments that have forest fire prevention bylaws and are serviced by a fire department.

Please check with civic authorities for any restrictions before lighting a fire.

Report a wildfire or unattended burning by calling *5555 on your cellphone or toll-free to 1 800 663-5555.

 

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