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Open flame fire ban beefed up

The B.C. Forest Service has broadened the ban on open flame fires within the Kamloops Fire Centre boundaries.

The open campfire ban was extended to include "portable propane campfires" as of Sunday at 12 noon, according to Elise Riedlinger, a fire information officer.

The new restriction does not apply to closed stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, Riedlinger says, but only to "open flame campfire apparatus" such as propane campfires.

"This open fire ban is in effect to protect public safety and to limit the risk of person-caused wildfires," says Riedlinger.

The Kamloops Fire Centre extends from the northern border of Wells Gray Park, north of Blue River to the U.S. border in the south, and from the Bridge River Glacier west of Goldbridge to the Monashee Mountains east of Lumby.

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