Effective Monday, April 2, 2012 at 12 noon, the size of open fires will be restricted within the Cariboo Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect the public.
Anyone conducting Category 2 or 3 fires must have all such fires extinguished by noon that day.
The prohibition will remain in effect until Sept. 30, 2012 or until further notice. Specifically, this will prohibit:
- The burning of any waste, slash or other materials (piled or unpiled) at a size larger than one metre by one metre.
- The burning of more than two open fires of any size at the same time.
- Stubble or grass fires of any size over any area.
This prohibition covers all B.C. parks, Crown lands and private lands, but it does not apply within the boundaries of a local government that has forest fire prevention bylaws in place and is serviced by a fire department. Before lighting any fire, residents should check with local civic authorities regarding any current prohibitions.
Anyone planning to conduct burning should ensure fires are not lit near buildings, trees or other combustible materials. Never burn during windy conditions and ensure you have adequate people, water and hand tools available to prevent fires from escaping. Never leave a fire unattended.
The Cariboo Fire Centre covers an area of about 10.3 million hectares, stretching as far south as Loon Lake to just north of Quesnel at the Cottonwood River. From east to west, the boundaries stretch from the western edge of Wells Gray Provincial Park to the eastern boundary of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park.
For information about open burning and for more tips on making responsible burning decisions, please download one of the guides to open burning at: http://bcwildfire.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/Bans.asp
To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, please call *5555 on your cellphone or call toll-free to 1-800-663-5555.
For the latest information on fire activity, conditions and prohibitions, visit the Wildfire Management Branch website: www.bcwildfire.ca
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Fire Information Officer
Wildfire Management Branch
Cariboo Fire Centre