Southeast Fire Centre begins fire restrictions on Friday as temperatures rise

Fire restrictions begin

As the temperature goes up, so do fire restrictions.

Effective noon on Friday (June 25) Category 2 and Category 3 open fires, as well as other equipment and activities will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre

The Southeast Fire Centre, extends from the U.S. border to Mica Dam and from the Okanagan Highlands/west side of the Monashee Mountains to the B.C.-Alberta border.

The ban does not apply to campfires at this time.

The prohibition is being implemented due to increased fire danger ratings caused by hot weather.

The ban will remain in effect until noon on Oct. 9, or until the order is rescinded.

Anyone conducting Category 2 or Category 3 open fires within the Southeast Fire Centre's jurisdiction must extinguish those fires by the deadline.

Prohibited activities also include fireworks, sky lanterns and burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description, except when used for a campfire as defined by the Wildfire Regulation.

The prohibition does not ban campfires, but they must be a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller. The ban also does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.

Prohibitions apply to all public and private land, unless specified otherwise.

Anyone found in contravention of an open fire prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail.

If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.

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