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Campfire Ban Lifted for Okanagan Indian Band Reserve IR#1 & #IR3, ban still in effect for IR#6 & IR#7

Posted On September 2, 2022

Campfire Ban Lifted for Okanagan Indian Band Reserve IR#1 & #IR3, ban still in effect for IR#6 & IR#7

September 2, 2022

In alignment with the Kamloops Fire Centre, the Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB) is lifting the campfire ban within the OKIB Reserve #1, & #3, effective 12 noon on Friday, September 2.

Due to being within city limits, OKIB Reserves #6 & #7 are still under a campfire ban and will be reviewed at a future date.

While danger ratings have fallen, the OKIB encourages everyone to exercise caution with their campfires. Residents should consider the following tips:

  • Only burn dry, seasoned wood
  • Never leave your fire unattended
  • Be mindful of smoke’s impact on your neighbours
  • Keep water or a hand tool nearby when a campfire is lit
  • Ensure the fire is entirely smothered before walking away

Provincial restrictions on Category 2 and 3 open fires remain in effect, including fireworks, sky lanterns, burn barrels and burn cages of any kind.

“Category 2 open fire” means an open fire, other than a campfire, that burns:

  • material in one pile not exceeding 2 m in height and 3 m in width
  • material in 2 piles, each not exceeding 2 m in height and 3 m in width, or
  • stubble or grass over an area that does not exceed 0.2 ha.

“Category 3 open fire” means an open fire, other than a campfire, that burns:

  • material in 3 or more piles, each not exceeding 2 m in height and 3 m in width,
  • material in one or more piles, each exceeding 2 m in height or 3 m in width,
  • in one or more windows, or
  • stubble or grass over an area exceeding 0.2 ha.

Forest Use Restrictions remain in place within the Kamloops Fire Centre, and details can be found at www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status/fire-bans-and-restrictions