Campfire Ban In Effect as of 12pm – July 3, 2015

campfirebanEffective at noon on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2015 all campfires will be prohibited across the Kamloops Fire Centre including the District of Clearwater. The camp fire ban and open burning prohibition covers all lands within the District of Clearwater boundary. The District’s Bylaw No. 125, 2014, bylaw to amend regulation Bylaw for the
Volunteer Fire Department of the District of Clearwater, states that the District of Clearwater will follow the Kamloops Fire Centre Campfire Ban. This prohibition will remain in effect until the public is otherwise notified.

This step is being taken to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. A map of the area covered by this camp fire ban and open fire prohibition is available online at: www.districtofclearwater.com

“The fire danger rating is currently “high” throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre, with scattered pockets of “extreme”. With the current trend of warm and dry weather, wildfires in the region have displayed very aggressive behaviour and required additional fire suppression resources. Human-caused wildfires can divert critical resources and crews from responding to naturally occurring wildfires”.

In addition to campfires, this prohibition applies to open fires of any size, industrial burning, fireworks, tiki torches, sky lanterns and burning barrels. This prohibition does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to a portable campfire apparatus with a CSA or ULC rating that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel, as long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres.

This prohibition covers all lands within the District of Clearwater boundaries.

Anyone found in violation of an open fire ban, including campfires, may be issued a ticket for up to $345., 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.

This prohibition will remain in place until the public is notified that it has been rescinded.

For the latest information on burning restrictions, go to www.districtofclearwater.com.

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