|For Immediate Release
April 12, 2017
|Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Wildfire Service
|Public reminded to be cautious with open fire use|
KAMLOOPS – With spring well underway in the Kamloops Fire Centre, the BC Wildfire Service is reminding members of the public to be careful with open fire use to help reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires.
Although there are currently no open fire prohibitions in place within the Kamloops Fire Centre’s jurisdiction, it is important to conduct all burning activities safely. Anyone wishing to light an open fire must take the following precautions:
Before conducting any open burn, people should check with their local fire department, municipality and regional district to ensure that no open burning restrictions or bylaws are in effect.
Anyone planning to do any large-scale industrial burning or conduct a grass burn larger than 0.2 hectares (Category 3 fires) must obtain a burn registration number ahead of time by calling 1 888 797-1717. Burn registration numbers are available free of charge. A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online at http://ow.ly/znny309kJv5
If a fire escapes, the person who lit it may be held liable for fire suppression costs and damages. It is the responsibility of the individual lighting the fire to ensure that burning is done safely and in accordance with regulations.
To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call *5555 on a cellphone or 1 800 663-5555 toll-free. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit www.bcwildfire.ca
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Fire Information Officer
BC Wildfire Service
Kamloops Fire Centre
250 554-5964 (office)
250 318 6959 (cell)