Heading into the long weekend, we wanted to remind you that the campfire ban remains in place. It is important to note that although some areas have received a considerable amount of rain, it has only temporarily lowered fire danger ratings. The weather forecast for the area shows a return to hot and dry conditions and these ratings are expected to rise again quickly.
Prohibited activities include:
-Campfires (fires smaller than a half-metre wide by a half-metre high).
-The burning of waste or other materials.
-Stubble or grass fires of any size over any area.
-The use of fireworks, sky lanterns, tiki torches, chimineas, burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description.
-The use of binary exploding targets.
-The use of air curtain burners (forced air burning systems)
Anyone who chooses to partake in these prohibited activities may face a $345 ticket, a penalty of up to $100,000 and possible jail time for up to a year if convicted in court. Someone who causes a wildfire may also be required to pay all firefighting and associated costs.
To report a wildfire or open burning violation on Crown or private land, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. If within a municipality, please contact the municipality directly for information on fire bans and/or reporting.
Currently, the SE Fire Centre website shows that there are no wildfires of note in our area. Let’s keep it that way!
Please have a fun and safe holiday weekend!
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource
BC Wildfire Service