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New opening burning regulations go into effect within the Merritt Fire Zone today.

As of noon, Kamloops Fire Centre Information Officer Max Birkner says Category 2 and 3 fires are prohibited.

"A Category 2 fire is one to two burring piles that are no larger than two-metres high or three-metres wide, or stubble or grass burning in a area that is less than two-hectares in size. And, a Category 3 fire is an fire larger than two-metres wide, or three-metres wide, or stubble or grass burning in an area greater than three-hectares."

The restrictions will remain in effect until Oct 15th, or until further notice.

The current Fire Danger Rating in the Merritt Fire Zone is VERY LOW.