The City of Vernon reminds people that the fire ban issued last week by the Kamloops Fire Centre pertains to Vernon as well.
That includes the Foothills and Blue Jay subdivisions, Predator Ridge, Canadian Lake Estates and the Okanagan Landing.
This campfire ban will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.
The Kamloops Fire Centre is currently experiencing hot and dry conditions and fire danger ratings are generally high or extreme throughout the fire centre. Prohibitions on Category 2 and Category 3 open fires are already in effect throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre.
To learn about the differences between campfires, Category 2 open fires and Category 3 open fires, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/wildfirebans or review the open fire regulations poster at: www.gov.bc.ca/openfireregs
Specifically, prohibited activities once the campfire ban takes effect will include:
campfires, as defined in the wildfire regulation: www.gov.bc.ca/wildfirelegislation
the burning of waste or other materials
stubble or grass fires of any size over any area
the use of fireworks, sky lanterns, tiki torches, chimineas, burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description
the use of binary exploding targets (e.g., for target practice)
the use of air curtain burners (forced air burning systems)
A map of the affected areas is available online: http://ow.ly/Hjq230drQyT
These prohibitions do not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to a portable campfire apparatus with a CSA or ULC rating that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel – as long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres. The use of a campfire apparatus that does not meet these specifications is prohibited.