Campfire Prohibitions to begin August 4, 2022

Campfire Prohibitions to begin August 4, 2022

For Immediate Release
August 3, 2022

KAMLOOPS – Effective at 12 p.m. (noon) on Thursday, August 4, 2022, campfires, will be prohibited throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. This campfire prohibition will remain in effect until noon on Oct. 15, 2022, or until the orders are rescinded.
 
The Kamloops Fire Centre is currently experiencing hot and dry conditions and fire danger ratings are generally “high” or “extreme” throughout the fire centre. Category 2 and Category 3 open fires and Section 12 Equipment and Activities (listed below) are already prohibited throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre.
 
Camping is a long-standing tradition in this province. The B.C. government recognizes that people also enjoy having campfires, so it takes any decision to implement a campfire ban very seriously.
 
Wildfire prevention is a shared responsibility. Human-caused wildfires are completely preventable and divert critical resources away from lightning-caused wildfires.

As of noon on Thursday, August 4, the following activities are prohibited:
•    Campfires as defined in the Wildfire Regulation;
•    Category 2 open fire as defined in the Wildfire Regulation;
•    Category 3 open fire as defined in the Wildfire Regulation;
•    Fireworks;
•    Sky Lanterns;
•    Burn Barrels or Burn Cages of any size or description;
•    Binary Exploding Targets;
•    Tiki and similar kind of torches; and,
•    Chimineas, outdoor stoves and other portable campfire apparatuses not CSA or ULC approved.  

The Kamloops Fire Centre would like to thank the public for its continuing help in preventing wildfires. To report a wildfire, or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone. For up-to-date information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, call 1 888 3-FOREST or visit: www.bcwildfire.ca  

Contact:
Fire Information Officer
BC Wildfire Service
Kamloops Fire Centre
250-554-5965
 
Connect with the Province of B.C. at www.gov.bc.ca/connect.

Inquiries:
Town of Oliver
250-485-6200