Fire restrictions lifted

Effective at noon on today, all open fires will be permitted across the Cariboo Fire Centre, due to a decreased risk of wildfires.

  • Sep. 30, 2011 6:00 a.m.

Effective at noon on today, all open fires will be permitted across the Cariboo Fire Centre, due to a decreased risk of wildfires.

Within the Cariboo Fire Centre region, the public is now permitted to:

• Burn waste, slash or other material.

• Burn stubble or grass.

• Use fireworks or burning barrels of any size or description.

Anyone considering Category 2 or 3 fires must comply with the Ministry of Environment’s Waste Management Act and Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation. For more information, visit www.bcairquality.ca.

Category 3 fires require a burn registration number, which may be obtained by calling 1-888 797-1717. Individuals who fail to meet these requirements may be subject to fines.

The rescinding of the restrictions applies to all BC Parks, Crown and private lands, but does not apply within the boundaries of local governments that have forest fire prevention bylaws and are serviced by a fire department. Please check with civic authorities for any restrictions before lighting a fire.  Report a wildfire or unattended campfire by calling *5555 on your cellphone or toll-free to 1 800 663-5555.

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit http://www.bcforestfireinfo.gov.bc.ca.