BC Wildfire Service not considering more fire bans right now

5/14/2018

The BC Wildfire Service is re-iterating their fire ban after seven human caused fires were burning  in the Peace Region over the weekend.

The government organization is reminding the public that Category 2 fires are currently prohibited in the Dawson Creek, Fort St. John and Fort Nelson fire zones.

This means open burning fires smaller than two metres high and three metres wide.

The ban also includes burning barrels, fireworks and stubble or grass fires over an area smaller than 2,000 square metres.

The ban currently does not apply to Category 3 fires or campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller.

Right now, the BC Wildfire Service says they aren't considering more bans.

"We’re not going to be putting in any other prohibitions in place,” says Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds. “We are looking at the weather and if we do continue to get this hot and dry windy weather, there will be a conversation at the fire centre about putting in more prohibitions."

Anyone lighting a campfire must maintain a fireguard by removing flammable debris from the area and they must have a tool or at least eight litres of water available to make sure the fire is put out.

Reynolds is reminding the public not to burn when it's windy, "It's a message for the public, and that if it's windy you should not be burning Category 3 fires of campfires. It's really easy for those embers to pick up from the fire and the wind and get on to the dry grass."

Anyone found violating the ban could get a ticket for more than $1,000, might be charged an administrative penalty of $10,000, or if convicted in court, could be fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail.