Campfires banned in Lake Country

Officials take action because of extremely dry conditions in the region

Starting Friday, all campfires will be prohibited throughout the Central Okanagan.

The ban takes effect at noon and coincides with the similar action announced by the Ministry of Forests.

“The ban will remain in effect until further notice,” said Bruce Smith, with the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

“As a result of extremely dry conditions and an extended period of hot, dry weather, local fire chiefs have decided to implement the total ban on campfires within all local government jurisdictions.”

Open burning has not been allowed within any jurisdiction of the regional district and member municipalities since April.

As well, local bylaws prohibit the use of any fireworks at any time throughout the Central Okanagan.

“Violators could receive a fine and be charged the cost of the fire department response to a burning complaint,” said Smith.

Residents are encouraged to report anyone who is illegally burning by calling the regional dispatch centre at 250-469-8577.