Marshmallows are once again on the packing list for campers.
The Kamloops Fire Centre has rescinded the campfire ban due to widespread precipitation.
The fire danger rating has been decreased to low or moderate for most areas.
BC Wildfire service would like to remind everyone about some important campfire safety information:
Have a shovel or at least eight litres of water available nearby to properly extinguish your campfire.Campfires cannot be larger than 0.5 metres high by 0.5 metres wide.Do not light a campfire or keep it burning in windy conditions. Weather can change quickly and the wind may carry embers to other combustible material.You must maintain a one-metre fireguard around the campfire. This is a fuel-free area where all flammable materials (grass, kindling, etc.) have been removed.Never leave a campfire unattended.Make sure that the campfire is completely extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.People who light campfires are legally responsible for making sure that they don’t escape. They may be held accountable for damages and fire suppression costs if their negligence results in a wildfire.
While campfires are allowed at this time, category 2 and 3 open fires will remain banned. The prohibitions include all open fires larger than a half-metre wide by a half-metre high, fires with a burn registration number, industrial burning, fireworks, sky lanterns and burning barrels.
In the Regional District of the Central Okanagan, the ban of campfires will be lifted on Tuesday Sept 1st. This means that campfires will be allowed in the RDCO fire protection areas, the City of West Kelowna, District of Lake Country, and the District of Peachland.
Other local governments may also have fire prevention bylaws, and you may want to check with your municipality for any additional restrictions.