Effective at noon today, Sept. 10, campfires are allowed throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre’s jurisdiction, while the burning of waste or slash piles is still prohibited.
Due to cooler and wetter conditions and a decreased wildfire risk in the region, the Cariboo Fire Centre is rescinding its campfire prohibition.
The following activities will be allowed: campfires no larger than a half-metre wide by a half-metre high, an open fire in an outdoor stove and fireworks, sky lanterns and tiki torches and the use of burning barrels, burning cages and air curtain burners (forced air burning systems).
“Anyone who lights a campfire must maintain a fireguard by removing flammable debris from around the campfire site and have a hand tool (such as a shovel) or at least eight litres of water available to fully extinguish it,” the Cariboo Fire Centre warned. “Never leave a campfire unattended and make sure that the ashes are completely cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.”
Category 2 and Category 3 open fires continue to be prohibited throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre’s jurisdictional area, including the burning of any waste, slash or other materials and stubble or grass fires of any size over any area.