Kamloops Fire Centre rescinds campfire ban

Just in time for Labour Day Weekend campers, the campfire ban in the Kamloops Fire Centre, has been lifted.

  • Wed Sep 2nd, 2015 5:00am
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Just in time for Labour Day Weekend campers, the campfire ban in the Kamloops Fire Centre, has been lifted.

The ban was removed at noon on Monday.

It was rescinded due to recent widespread precipitation, which resulted in a decreased risk of wildfires in the region.

The fire danger rating is now primarily low to moderate throughout the fire centre.

The campfire ban was enacted on July 3, two weeks earlier than last’s year’s prohibition, which went into effect on July 16.

Last year, the campfire ban was lifted on Aug. 21.

Those enjoying campfires are reminded to follow the following safety procedures:

• Have a shovel or at least eight litres of water available nearby to properly extinguish your campfire.

• Campfires cannot be larger than 0.5 metres high by 0.5 metres wide.

• Do not light a campfire or keep it burning in windy conditions. Weather can change quickly and the wind may carry embers to other combustible material.

• You must maintain a one-metre fireguard around the campfire. This is a fuel-free area where all flammable materials (grass, kindling, etc.) have been removed.

• Never leave a campfire unattended.

• Make sure the campfire is completely extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.

 

• People who light campfires are legally responsible for making sure that they don’t escape. They may be held accountable for damages and fire suppression costs if their negligence results in a wildfire.