Campfires to be banned in the Kootenays

Taking effect at noon on Friday, July 3, campfires will be banned in the Southeast Fire Centre.

Taking effect at noon on Friday, July 3, campfires will be banned in the Southeast Fire Centre.

The fire ban, which will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified, is an addition to the current Category 2 and Category 3 open burning prohibitions already in effect, a press release sent out by the Ministry of Forests, Land and Natural Resource Operations on June 30 said.

The prohibition covers all BC Parks, Crown lands and private land, and includes campfires as defined in the wildfire regulation, the burning of waste or other materials, stubble or grass fires of any size, the use of fireworks, sky lanterns, tiki torches, chimineas, burning barrels or burning cages of any size, the use of binary exploding targets and the use of air curtain burners.

Boundaries of a local government that has forest fire prevention bylaws and is serviced by a fire department are exempt from the ban.

A $345 ticket may be issued to anyone found violating the fire prohibition, in addition to an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, a fine of up to $100,000 and/or a one year jail sentence.

To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.

Just Posted

Pride Festival just around the corner

The Fernie and Elk Valley Pride Festival is just around the corner,… Continue reading

Kootenay Learning Campus opens in Fernie

School District 5 celebrated the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the… Continue reading

Diamond of the Elk Valley turns 30

Island Lake Lodge, located only 14 km from Fernie, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Kootenay-Columbia incumbent MP responds to Trudeau brownface scandal

Stetski proud of NDP leader Singh’s reaction, which focused on people not power

It’s time for change, or not, say B.C. residents

Approximately 93 per cent of B.C. residents say time’s up for bi-annual… Continue reading

VIDEO: A moment to remember during the World Lacrosse Men’s Indoor Championship in B.C.

Diego Hernandez Valenzuela’s team lost, but he felt like a winner Saturday

Fernie Fire Department celebrates FireSmart education

“The greatest safety is a neighbourhood that is FireSmart,” said Alan Westhaver.

Trails in Fernie’s Ridgemont area reopen

Fernie Trails Alliance urging trail users to abide by and obey closures still in place

B.C. VIEWS: School officials join fact-free ‘climate strike’

Students, public get distorted picture of greenhouse gases

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

B.C. woman photographs massive ant swarm on Abbotsford driveway

She asked what the ants were doing? The answer: war

Iconic 90s TV show ‘Friends’ celebrates 25th anniversary

The iconic, decade-long television show aired its first episode 25 years ago today

Police arrest B.C. phone scammer linked to illegal call centres in India

Person arrested in Burnaby here on a work visa, says police

Most Read