Effective at 12 noon on Friday, June 15, 2012, the current open burning ban was expanded across the entire Kamloops Fire Centre to include the Salmon Arm and Clearwater fire zones, in order to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect the public.
Anyone planning to conduct Category two or three fires in the Salmon Arm and Clearwater fire zones will be restricted after noon on June 15.
This prohibition will remain in place until Oct. 1, 2012 in the Clearwater and Salmon Arm fire zones and until Oct. 15, 2012 in the Kamloops, Vernon, Penticton, Merritt and Lillooet fire zones, or until the public is informed otherwise.
A map of the affected areas is available online at: http://bcwildfire.ca/ftp/!Project/WildfireNews/KFCJune15.pdf
Specifically, this open fire prohibition applies to:
• The burning of any waste, slash or other material.
• The burning of stubble or grass.
• The use of fireworks or burning barrels of any size or description.
This ban does not restrict 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.
This prohibition applies to all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands, but does not apply within the boundaries of a local government that has forest fire prevention bylaws in place and is serviced by a fire department. Before lighting any fire, residents should check with local civic authorities regarding any current prohibitions.