Vernon residents are restricted, as of noon Friday, to the size of fire they can have in order to prevent wildfires and protect the public.
Currently, the fire danger rating ranges from moderate to high, with some areas already rated extreme. Since April 1, Kamloops Fire Centre crews have responded to 26 wildfire incidents. All of them were human caused.
Therefore a ban of fires larger than 50 centimetres will remain in effect until Oct. 15 or until further notice.
Specifically, prohibited activities include:
· The burning of any waste, slash or other materials (piled or unpiled) at a size larger than 50 centimetres by 50 centimetres.
· The burning of more than two open fires of any size at the same time.
· Stubble or grass fires of any size over any area.
· The use of fireworks, sky lanterns or burning barrels of any size or description.
This 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.