The Cariboo Fire Centre is urging the public to be extremely cautious with the use of campfires over the May long weekend.
This spring has seen unseasonably dry and hot conditions that has resulted in 32 fires with a total of 604 hectares burned within the Cariboo region with the majority being human caused, noted a news release issued Wednesday, May 17.
The current prohibitions do not ban campfires or cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes within the Cariboo Fire Centre.
A reminder to the public about campfire safety and responsibilities are as follows:
*No larger than 0.5 metres high by 0.5 metres wide
*Must have a fire guard around the campfire
*Must have ready access to eight litres of water or a shovel for the entire time the campfire is lit
*Never leave the campfire unattended
*Must be completely extinguished and ashes cool to the touch before leaving the area
Although campfires are not prohibited within the Cariboo region, starting May 17, 2023 until May 26, 2023, The Tsilhqot’in (Xeni Gwet’in) will be prohibiting campfires on Declared Title Area.
A reminder that currently, there are Category 2 and Category 3 prohibitions in place throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre including the Tsilhqot’in (Xeni Gwet’in) Declared Title Area.
As well the following activities and use of the following equipment, materials and substances are currently prohibited: fireworks, sky lanterns, burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description, binary exploding targets and air curtain banners.
Anyone found in contravention of an open-burning prohibition may be issued a violation ticket for $1,150, may be required to pay an administrative penalty of up to $10,000 or, if convicted in court, may be fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail.
If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.
Human-caused wildfires are completely preventable and divert critical resources away from naturally caused fires. Always practice safe, responsible open fire use.
To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone.