|7/10/2017 8:13 AM|
PRINCE GEORGE - Effective at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 10, 2017, all open fires (including campfires) are prohibited throughout the Prince George Fire Centre's jurisdiction to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.
This prohibition is being implemented due to current weather conditions and the volume of fires that the BC Wildfire Service is responding to in the northeast part of the province. More lightning is in the forecast within the fire centre, and firefighting resources must focus on existing fires and new, naturally occurring fires.
This prohibition does 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, as long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres.
Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a violation 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.
To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to: http://www.bcwildfire.ca
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Contact:Amanda Reynolds or Donna MacPherson
Fire Information Officer
BC Wildfire Service
Prince George Fire Centre
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|Fire Centre Bulletin 2786|