Campfires prohibited throughout the District of Sparwood

SPARWOOD - Effective at noon Mountain time on Thursday, July 26, 2018, 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 hot and dry conditions. The fire danger rating is "moderate" in some areas, with larger areas rated "high" and "extreme". Forest fuels are drying out quickly, and hot weather and dry lightning are in the forecast. It is crucial to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires, so the BC Wildfire Service can deal with any naturally occurring fires that start in the region.

This prohibition applies to all public and private land unless specified otherwise - for example, in a local government bylaw. Please check with local government authorities for any other restrictions before lighting any fire.

The following activities are also prohibited:

  • the use of outdoor stoves and portable campfire apparatus that are not CSA-approved or ULC-approved
  • the use of chimneas, air curtain burners, sky lanterns, fireworks, firecrackers, burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description
  • the use of tiki torches and similar kinds of torches
  • the use of binary exploding targets (e.g. for rifle target practice)

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, so long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres.

Prohibitions on larger Category 2 and Category 3 open fires remain in effect throughout the Southeast Fire Centre and District of Sparwood.

To learn about the differences between campfires, Category 2 open fires and Category 3 open fires, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/wildfirebans

Contacts:                            

Dean Spry
Fire Chief
 
Sparwood Fire Service
Sparwood, BC
250.425.0558

Brad Hogg
Deputy Fire Chief

Sparwood Fire Service
Sparwood, BC
250.425.0558                                             

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