Campfires banned within the District of Sparwood

FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2017, SPARWOOD, BC – Effective 6:00 pm Mountain time on Friday, July 7, 2017, campfires will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre, including the District of Sparwood, to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.

This campfire ban will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.

The Southeast Fire Centre is currently experiencing dry conditions and fire danger ratings are generally “high” or “extreme” throughout the region. With forest fuels drying out and lightning storms in the weather forecast, it is crucial to decrease the risk of human-caused wildfires so firefighters can concentrate on naturally occurring wildfires in the region.

Prohibitions on larger Category 2 and Category 3 open fires are now in effect through the Southeast Fire Centre which includes Sparwood.
Specifically, prohibited activities once the campfire ban takes effect will include:
• Campfires
• 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)

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 – so 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.

For more information, please contact:

Dean Spry, Director of Fire Services       Kevin Alstad, Deputy Director of Fire Services
District of Sparwood 250.425.5645      District of Sparwood 250.425.9009