For Immediate Release
June 28, 2016
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations BC Wildfire Service
Category 2 open fires to be prohibited in the southeast
CASTLEGAR - Effective at noon Pacific Time on Monday, July 4, 2016, Category 2 open fires will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.
This prohibition is in addition to the Category 3 open fire prohibition that came into effect in the Southeast Fire Centre on June 3, 2016. A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online at: http://ow.ly/jdO5301kS32
Anyone intending to conduct a Category 2 open fire anywhere in the Southeast Fire Centre must extinguish it by noon on July 4, 2016. This prohibition will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.
Specifically, this order prohibits:
* The burning of any waste, slash or other materials
* Stubble or grass fires of any size over any area
* The use of fireworks, sky lanterns or burning barrels of any size or description
* The use of binary exploding targets (e.g. for rifle target practice)
* The use of air curtain burners
This prohibition does not ban campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller, and it does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.
This prohibition covers 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 and is serviced by a fire department. Please check with local authorities for any other restrictions before lighting any fire.
A map of the areas affected by the Category 2 and Category 3 open fire prohibitions is available online at: http://ow.ly/El0n301JyDh
The Southeast Fire Centre extends from the U.S. border in the south to Mica Dam in the north, and from the Okanagan Highlands and Monashee Mountains in the west to the B.C.-Alberta border in the east. It includes the Selkirk Natural Resource District and the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District.
Campfires are currently allowed in the Southeast Fire Centre, but anyone lighting a campfire must maintain a fireguard by removing flammable debris from around the campfire area and must have a hand tool or at least eight litres of water available nearby to properly extinguish the fire.
A campfire should not be lit or kept burning in windy conditions. Make sure the fire is fully extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.
To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit: http://www.bcwildfire.ca
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For Immediate Release