Campfire ban fines?
Aug 16, 2013 / 5:00 pm
Despite the recent rain, the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen is reminding residents a temporary fire ban remains in effect.
"It, (the rain), is helping, but it's not enough to lift the ban yet," said Emergency Services Supervisor Dale Kronebusch.
"It is still tinderbox dry and right now there are more than 150 wildfires in the Kamloops Fire Centre region, 11 of which were caused by people."
The ban, which went into effect on Aug. 1, includes all member municipalities in the regional district. It includes campfires, the use of fireworks and burning barrels.
The consequences for having a campfire or lighting fireworks include:
A violation ticket of $345 for all people in attendance of a campfire and a violation ticket of $230 for all people participating in lighting fireworks.
If a campfire or fireworks causes a wildfire, the person or persons responsible may be fined up to $1 million, face three years in prison and be required to pay for all fire suppression costs related to that fire.
To report a wildfire or prohibited campfire, call *5555 on your cellular phone or the toll free number, 1-800-663-5555.
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