Brief: Campfire ban comes into effect Aug. 4 in Southeast

The Southeast Fire Centre announced a campfire ban for its jurisdiction starting noon on Aug. 4.

Campfire. Creative Commons image by Jarek Tuszynski

The Southeast Fire Centre has announced that campfires will be prohibited in the jurisdiction as of noon on Aug. 4, 2022.

“Hot and dry conditions in the Southeast Fire Centre are expected to continue. The fire danger rating in the region is generally High to Extreme,” it said in a media release. “The campfire prohibition will remain in effect until the public is otherwise notified.”

Prohibitions on Category 2 and Category 3 open burning remain in effect throughout the Southeast Fire Centre’s jurisdiction.

Anyone found in contravention of an open fire prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

The Southeast Fire Centre extends from the U.S. border in the south to Mica Dam in the north, and from the Okanagan Highlands and Monashee Mountains in the west, to the B.C.-Alberta border in the east.

The prohibitions apply to all public and private land, unless otherwise specified, such as by local government bylaw. “Please check with local government authorities for any other restrictions before lighting any fire,” it stated.

No backyard fire ban in Revelstoke currently

There is no backyard campfire ban in the City of Revelstoke now. Yard waste burning is always prohibited in Revelstoke. Local bylaw details are here.

A city spokesperson said the city posts info on backyard campfire bans and other fire information on this webpage, through a website alert system, and also through social media channels.

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