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Effective at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires, as well as other equipment and activities will be prohibited throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre.  This prohibition is being enacted to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.

This prohibition will remain in effect until noon on Oct. 15, 2020, or until the order is rescinded. Anyone conducting Category 2 or Category 3 open fires within the Kamloops Fire Centre’s jurisdiction must extinguish those fires by the July 29 deadline.

This prohibition does not prohibit campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide (or smaller) and does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.

Specifically, prohibited activities will include:

  • Category 2 open fires;
  • Category 3 open fires;
  • the use of fireworks;
  • the use of sky lanterns;
  • the use of binary exploding targets and
  • the use of burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description except when used for a campfire as defined by the wildfire regulation.

These prohibitions apply to all public and private land within the Kamloops Fire Centre jurisdiction, unless specified otherwise in an enactment (e.g. in a local government bylaw). Before lighting any fire, people should check with local government authorities to see if any other burning restrictions are in effect.

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of up to $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.

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