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Fire ban lifted by chiefs

Cooler temperatures and rainfall have prompted fire chiefs in the Central Okanagan to lift a campfire ban.

The ban had been in place since late July.

Campfires are once again allowed in Ellison, Joe Rich, North Westside, Wilson’s Landing, West Kelowna, Lake Country and Peachland. Residents and visitors are reminded that campfires are not permitted at any time within the City of Kelowna, however.

Fire Chief Glenn Noble says the ban is still in place for Summerland.

“We have not lifted it, we will monitor ours and based on the weather conditions in the next day or two we will make that determination,” said Noble.

The campfire ban imposed in the Regional District of North Okanagan was lifted on Sept. 10.

The province-wide recreational fire ban was lifted by the BC Wildfire Service on Sept. 7, but several local governments kept the ban in place.

“Local municipalities' bylaws take precedence over provincial campfire regulations within Central Okanagan municipal and RD fire service boundaries," said RDCO spokesperson Bruce Smith.



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