Open Burning Bans To Be Imposed Friday Throughout Northwest Fire Centre

As of noon Friday (Aug 3), all open fires, including campfires, will be prohibited within the Northwest Fire Centre's jurisdiction.

Fire Information Officer Carolyn Bartos says due to the extremely warm weather, there is an increase in wildfire risk throughout the region.

She says the ban will include campfires, backyard and industrial burning, the use of outdoor stoves and other portable campfire apparatuses that are not CSA-approved or ULC-approved, the use of fireworks, firecrackers, tiki torches, sky lanterns, chimineas and burning barrels.

The penalties for violating the burning ban can range from 11-hundred-50 dollars up to 10-thousand dollars.



== NEWS RELEASE ==

 

 

Open burning to be prohibited in Northwest Fire Centre

 

 

INFORMATION BULLETIN

 

 

For Immediate Release

 

2018FLNR0201-001521

 

Aug. 1, 2018

 

SMITHERS – Due to hot and dry conditions and an increased wildfire risk, the BC Wildfire

 

Service will be prohibiting campfires, Category 2 open burns and Category 3 open burns within

the Northwest Fire Centre’s jurisdiction effective at noon on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018.

 

There are currently 31 wildfires in the Northwest Fire Centre. These prohibitions will help

prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety, and will remain in place until the

public is otherwise notified.

 

A map of the affected area is available online: http://ow.ly/W9tf30ledeI

The following activities will be prohibited throughout the Northwest Fire Centre:

• campfires

• backyard and industrial burning (Category 2 and Category 3 open burns)

• the use of outdoor stoves and other portable campfire apparatuses that are not CSAapproved or ULC-approved

• the use of fireworks, firecrackers, tiki torches, sky lanterns, chimineas and burning barrels

• the use of binary exploding targets (e.g., for rifle target practice)

 

These prohibitions do not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to portable campfire apparatuses with a CSA or ULC rating that use briquettes, liquid fuel or gaseous fuel, as long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres.

This prohibition applies to all public and private land, unless specified otherwise (e.g., in a local government bylaw). Please check with local government authorities for any other restrictions before lighting any fire.

Anyone found in contravention of an open fire prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150,

required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to

$100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a

wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

The Northwest Fire Centre extends from the Yukon Territory border in the north to

Tweedsmuir Provincial Park in the south, and from the Pacific Ocean and Alaska border in the

west to just east of Endako.

 

To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call *5555 on a cellphone or 1 800 663-5555 tollfree.

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air

Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

 

BC Wildfire Service

 

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Carolyn Bartos

Fire Information Officer

BC Wildfire Service

Northwest Fire Centre