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July 30th, 2018
July 30th, 2018

Campfire ban scheduled for Cariboo Fire Centre

Please see the attached Information Bulletin announcing that campfires will be prohibited throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre´s jurisdiction as of NOON on Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

The Cariboo Fire Centre is composed of three Resource Districts: Cariboo-Chilcotin, 100 Mile House and Quesnel and this prohibition applies to all of these areas.

A text version of the Information Bulletin is below:


For Immediate Release
2018FLNR0197-001502
July 30, 2018

Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development BC Wildfire Service

INFORMATION BULLETIN
Campfire ban scheduled for Cariboo Fire Centre

WILLIAMS LAKE - Effective at noon on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, campfires will be prohibited throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre's jurisdiction to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.

The campfire prohibition will remain in effect until Sept. 29, 2018, or until the public is otherwise notified. A map showing the affected area is available online: http://ow.ly/GYOb30lafy9

The Cariboo Fire Centre is experiencing hot and dry weather. Although thundershowers are expected, temperatures are forecasted to remain warm. The fire danger rating in this region is generally "high", with some pockets of "moderate" and "extreme."

Specifically, prohibited activities will include:

* an open fire of any size

* stubble or grass burning of any size

* the use of tiki torches and chimineas

* the use of fireworks, including firecrackers

* the use of sky lanterns, burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description

* the use of binary exploring targets (e.g., for target practice)

* the use of air curtain burners (forced-air burning systems)

These prohibitions apply to all public and private land, unless specified otherwise (e.g., in a local government bylaw). Please check with local government authorities for any other restrictions before lighting any fire.

These prohibitions do not apply to CSA-rated or ULC-rated cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to a portable campfire apparatus that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel, as long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres.

Prohibitions on Category 2 and Category 3 open burning remain in effect throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre's jurisdiction.

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.

The Cariboo Fire Centre stretches from Loon Lake near Clinton in the south to the Cottonwood River near Quesnel in the north, and from Tweedsmuir Provincial Park in the west to Wells Gray Provincial Park in the east.

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

For up-to-date information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, call 1 888 3-FOREST (1 888 336-7378) or visit: http://www.bcwildfire.ca

You can follow the latest wildfire news:

* On Twitter: http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo

* On Facebook: http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo

Contact:

Jessica Mack
Fire Information Officer
BC Wildfire Service
Cariboo Fire Centre
778 799-2101


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