Category 1 fire ban coming into effect July 12, 2024

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Category 3 ban came into effect May 3, 2024
Category 2 ban came into effect May 17, 2024
Category 1 ban coming into effect July 12, 2024
Click this link to visit the BC Wildfire Service bulletin Campfire Prohibitions July 12, 2024
As of July 12, the below open fires are prohibited in the Kamloops Fire Centre:
Category 1 campfires as defined in the Wildfire Regulation;
Category 2 open fire as defined in the Wildfire Regulation; and,
Category 3 open fire as defined in the Wildfire Regulation.
In addition to open fires being prohibited, the following activities and equipment are also restricted:
Fireworks;
Sky Lanterns;
Binary Exploding Targets;
Air curtain burners;
Burn Barrels or Burn Cages of any size or description;
Chimineas; and,
Tiki and similar kind of torches.
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). Always check with local government authorities to see if any other burning restrictions are in effect.
The use of outdoor stoves is not prohibited. This prohibition does not include the use of outdoor stoves. As per the Wildfire Regulation, an outdoor stove is a CSA-rated or ULC-rated device used outdoors for cooking, heat or ambiance that burns charcoal briquettes, liquid fuel or gaseous fuel and has a flame height that is less than 15 cm tall.
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.
Camping is a long-standing tradition in this province. The B.C. government recognizes that people also enjoy having campfires, so it takes any decision to implement a campfire ban very seriously. Wildfire prevention is a shared responsibility. Human-caused wildfires are completely preventable and divert critical resources away from lightning-caused wildfires.
The Kamloops Fire Centre would like to thank the public for its continuing help in preventing wildfires. To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 6635555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone. 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

Category 3 fire prohibitions to start in Kamloops Fire Centre Effective at 12:00 pm (noon) on May 3, 2024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 24, 2024
MINISTRY OF FORESTS
BC WILDFIRE SERVICE
 
Category 3 fire prohibitions to start in Kamloops Fire Centre
 
KAMLOOPS – Effective at 12:00 pm (noon) on May 3, 2024, Category 3 open fires 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 12:00 (noon) PDT on Oct. 11, 2024, or until the order is rescinded. Anyone conducting Category 3 open fires within the Kamloops Fire Centre’s jurisdiction must extinguish those fires by the noon, May 3, 2024 deadline.
A map of the affected area is available here.
Specifically, this prohibition refers to the following activities:
“Category 3 open fire” which means an open fire that burns
  1. material concurrently in 3 or more piles each not exceeding 2 m in height and 3 m in width,
  2. material in one or more piles each exceeding 2 m in height or 3 m in width,
  3. one or more windrows, each not exceeding 200 m in length or 15 m in width, or
  4. stubble or grass over an area exceeding 0.2 ha.
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.
This prohibition does not include Category 1 campfires or Category 2 open fires. More information on the types of open burning can be found here: http://ow.ly/LnVi50OpCwj
The Kamloops Fire Centre would like to thank the public for its continuing help in preventing wildfires. To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 6635555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone. 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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Contact:
Fire Information Officer
BC Wildfire Service
Kamloops Fire Centre
250 554-5965