No campfires or BBQs

Not only campfires are banned in Vernon parks and public places, but barbecues are forbidden as well.

Vernon Fire Rescue Services says fire appliances, such as portable barbecues or camp stoves that use liquefied or solid fuel, are prohibited in all city parks and open spaces due to the extreme risk of wildfire in the region.

Liquefied and solid fuels include seasoned wood, charcoal briquettes, propane or natural gas.

The ban remains in place until further notice.

The maximum fine for a fire in a public place is $200. A summary conviction for any infraction in the park could result in a maximum fine of $10,000.

The ban does not extend to barbecues on private property.

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