Campfires are allowed by the Cariboo Fire Centre currently but must be no wider or higher than a meter and a half. (File photo)

Open burning ban in effect for Cariboo Fire District

The Cariboo Fire Centre has issued a Category 2 fire ban that comes into effect Friday, July 31

Following warmer and drier temperatures across the region, the Cariboo Fire Centre has issued a Category 2 fire ban that comes into effect at noon this Friday, July 31.

The move means the only open fires allowed will be campfires no bigger than half a metre wide and half a metre high, as allowed by Category 1. Cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes are also allowed.

The BC Wildfire Service said the prohibition is being enacted to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. To date, there have been 31 wildfires with 45 hectares burned – lower than the 10-year average of 96 wildfires with 30,412 hectares burned, said communications specialist Jessica Mack.

Read More: Grants for assistance extinguished for independent fire departments within Cariboo Regional District

The prohibition will remain in effect until noon on Sept. 30 or until the public is notified. Category 3 open fires remain prohibited throughout the region. Prohibited activities include the use of fireworks, sky lanterns, tiki torches and burn barrels.

Anyone caught open burning risks a ticket for $1,150, an administrative penalty of up to $10,000 or fines of $100,000 or a jail term if convicted in court.

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.

More information on wildfire activity and current burning restrictions can be found on the website.

If you see smoke or would like to report a wildfire, call 1 800-663-5555 or *5555 on your cellphone.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

100 Mile HouseCariboofire ban

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Wheels in motion for mountain biking trail project near Clinton

Project to provide immediate employment while resulting in new trail on Jesmond Mountain

Bridge Lake woman wins quintennial quilt

Andrea Glatz lucky winner Log Cabin Quilters (LCQ) quintennial Quilt Show draw.

Donex Pharmacy sells $50,000 scratch ticket

Clinton’s Sharon Holland is $50,000 richer thanks to a Super Crossword Scratch… Continue reading

South Cariboo Search and Rescue enjoying a quiet summer

Incidents have been few so far this year

Advocacy for Secwepemc language

Canim Lake Band’s former Chief Michael Archie promoting Secwepemc language learning

Canucks ride momentum into NHL playoff series against defending Stanley Cup champs

PREVIEW: Vancouver opens against St. Louis on Wednesday

Man, 54, charged in connection with fatal attack of Red Deer doctor

Doctor was killed in his walk-in clinic on Monday

One dead as fish boat sinks off southern Vancouver Island

Shawnigan Lake-registered Arctic Fox II went down off Cape Flattery, west of Victoria

Landlord takes front door, windows after single B.C. mom late with rent

Maple Ridge mom gets help from community generosity and government

42 more people test positive for COVID-19 in B.C.

The province has recorded no new deaths in recent days

Joe Biden selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate

Harris and Biden plan to deliver remarks Wednesday in Wilmington

Lawsuit launched after Florida child handcuffed, booked and briefly jailed

Suit alleges “deliberate indifference” to what should have been handled as a behavioural issue

Russia approves vaccine, Putin hopes to begin mass production

Critic calls decision to proceed without thorough testing ‘dangerous and grossly immoral’

Most Read