Campfire bans to be lifted in most of the province

Rain and cooler temperatures have reduced the wildfire risk in most parts of the province, so the BC Wildfire Service has rescinded campfire bans in specific regions effective at noon (Pacific Time) on Friday, Sept. 7.

Campfire bans will be fully rescinded throughout the Prince George Fire Centre, Cariboo Fire Centre and Kamloops Fire Centre.

Campfire bans will be partially rescinded (for specific areas only) in the Coastal Fire Centre, Southeast Fire Centre and Northwest Fire Centre. Detailed information for each fire centre is provided below.

Please check with local government authorities for any other restrictions before lighting any fire.

Cariboo Fire Centre:

Effective at noon on Sept. 7, 2018, campfires will be allowed throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre’s jurisdiction. A map showing the affected areas is available online: http://ow.ly/jvE730lJeLi

The following activities remain prohibited throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre:

* Category 2 and Category 3 open fires, as defined in the Wildfire Regulation

* stubble or grass burning of any size

* the use of tiki torches

* the use of chimineas

* the use of air curtain burners (forced-air burning systems)

* the use of sky lanterns

* the use of fireworks, including firecrackers

* the use of burn barrels or burning cages of any size or description

* the use of binary exploding targets (e.g. for target practice)

Prince George Fire Centre:

Effective at noon on Sept. 7, 2018, campfires will be allowed throughout the Prince George Fire Centre’s jurisdiction. A map showing the affected areas is available online:

The following activities remain prohibited throughout the Prince George Fire Centre:

* Category 2 and Category 3 open fires, as defined in the Wildfire Regulation

* the use of air curtain burners (forced-air burning systems)

* the use of sky lanterns

* the use of fireworks, including firecrackers

* the use of burn barrels or burning cages of any size or description

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

Northwest Fire Centre:

Effective at noon on Sept. 7, 2018, campfires will be allowed throughout the Cassiar Fire Zone and Skeena Fire Zone, and in the northern portion of the Bulkley Fire Zone. However, campfires are still prohibited elsewhere in the Northwest Fire Centre’s jurisdiction. A map showing the affected areas is available online: http://ow.ly/nNsl30lJ98F

The following activities remain prohibited throughout the Northwest Fire Centre:

* Category 2 and Category 3 open fires, as defined in the Wildfire Regulation

In the Nadina Fire Zone and the southern portion of the Bulkley Fire Zone, campfires and the following activities remain prohibited:

* the use of tiki torches

* the use of chimineas

* the use of outdoor stoves and portable campfire apparatus that are not CSA-approved or ULC-approved, or if the flame is longer than 15 centimetres

* the use of air curtain burners (forced-air burning systems)

* the use of sky lanterns

* the use of fireworks, including firecrackers

* the use of burn barrels or burning cages of any size or description

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

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

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