Campfire ban rescinded for Northeastern B.C.
FORT ST. JOHN -- The B.C. Wildfire Service has rescinded campfire bans across Northern B.C.
They lifted the ban at noon today for Prince George and Northwest Fire Centres.
B.C. Wildfire Service defines category one or campfire fire as an open fire that burns piled material no larger than 0.5 metres high by 0.5 metres wide. Still, the wildfire service recommends keeping a shovel and at least eight litres of water by the fire while it is lit. They ask to make sure the fire is fully extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the campfire for any length of time.
Category 2 and Category 3 open burning remains prohibited, which includes fireworks, sky lanterns, burn barrels or burn cages. Prohibitions apply to everyone except where local government by-laws allow open burning.
Those who are found violating the open-burning prohibition may be fined $1,150 and may be required to pay an administrative penalty of up to $10,000. If convicted in court, they may be fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. The person may also be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.