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Open fires prohibited

Category 3 open fires are now prohibited within the Cariboo Fire Centre and the Tsilhqot'in (Xeni Gwet'in) Declared Title Area.

The new prohibition, intended to help prevent human-caused wildfires, includes:

  • Any fire larger than two metres high by three metres wide
  • Three or more concurrently burning piles no larger than two metres high by three metres wide
  • One or more burning windrows
  • Burning of stubble or grass over an area greater than 0.2 hectares.

The prohibition went into effect Monday, and will remain in place until Sept. 29, or the public is otherwise notified.

The ban does not include campfires which are no larger than a half-metre high by a half-metre wide, or Category 2 fires.

Those include:

  • The burning of material in one pile not exceeding two metres in height and three metres in width
  • The burning of material concurrently burning in two piles, each not exceeding two metres in height by three metres in width
  • The burning of stubble or grass over an area that does not exceed 0.2 hectares.

The ban applies to all BC Parks, Crown land and private land which fall outside the boundaries of a local government with forest fire prevention bylaws in place and is services by a fire department.

Contravention of the ban could result in a $1.150 fine.



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