Campfires are now prohibited in all Central Okanagan municipalities.
The ban took effect last Wednesday and coincided with similar action announced by the Ministry of Forests across the Kamloops Fire Centre region.
The ban impacts all BC Parks, Crown and private lands, with the Central Okanagan falling within the Kamloops Fire Centre area.
The ban will remain in effect until further notice, the result of extremely dry conditions and an extended period of hot, dry weather. Open burning has not been allowed in the region since April.
As well, local bylaws prohibit the use of any fireworks at any time throughout most areas of the Central Okanagan. Use of fireworks in the District of Lake Country and District of West Kelowna must be approved in writing by the local fire chief. Violators could receive a fine and be charged the cost of the fire department response to a burning complaint.
The public is asked to report any illegal burning by calling the Regional Fire Dispatch Centre, at 250-469-8577.