Fire ban over!

Rain and cooler temperatures have reduced the wildfire risk in most parts of the province, so the BC Wildfire Service has rescinded campfire bans at noon today.

Central Okanagan Fire Chiefs have not lifted the ban on campfires currently in place though in the Regional District of Central Okanagan due to continued high fire hazard rating.

The ban, put in place on July 26, is effective until further notice in local government jurisdictions of the Regional District of Central Okanagan including the City of Kelowna, City of West Kelowna, District of Lake Country, District of Peachland, Westbank First Nation and the Central Okanagan East and West Electoral Areas.

At the same time, cooler weather and progress in containing wildfires, the Government of British Columbia has decided to cancel the provincial state of emergency that currently covers the entire province.

The state of emergency was declared on Aug. 15, 2018.