Monday, April 4, 2016

Open Fire Restriction in Cariboo Fire Centre

Courtesy of the BC Wildfire Service:

Effective at noon on April 4, 2016, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires will be prohibited throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.

Anyone conducting Category 2 or 3 fires anywhere in the Cariboo Fire Centre must extinguish any such fires by noon on April 4, 2016. The Cariboo Fire Centre is experiencing drier-than-normal conditions this spring and this prohibition will remain in place until Sept. 30, 2016, or until the public is otherwise notified.

Specifically, prohibited activities include:

The burning of any waste, slash or other materials.
Stubble or grass fires of any size over any area.
The use of burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description.
The use of sky lanterns.

This prohibition does not ban campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller, and it does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes. A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online:

The Cariboo Fire Centre stretches from Loon Lake near Clinton in the south to the Cottonwood River near Quesnel in the north and from Tweedsmuir Provincial Park in the west to Wells Gray Provincial Park in the east. A map of affected areas within the Cariboo Fire Centre is available online:

This prohibition applies to all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands, but does not apply within the boundaries of a local government that has forest fire prevention bylaws in place and is serviced by a fire department. Please check with local government authorities for any other restrictions before lighting any fire.

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a violation ticket for $1,150, 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.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or dial *5555 on a cellphone.

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