Open burning ban lifted across Cariboo Fire Centre

An open burning ban blanketing the Cariboo Fire Centre was lifted Wednesday.

  • Sep. 30, 2015 1:00 p.m.

An open burning ban blanketing the Cariboo Fire Centre was lifted Wednesday.

Open fires are once again be allowed across the Cariboo Fire Centre’s jurisdiction.

Members of the public will be permitted to burn piles of woody debris and burn stubble or grass.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations are encouraging homeowners and industry personnel to take the following precautions with outdoor burning activities:

• Have enough people, water and tools on hand to prevent the fire from escaping.

• Do not burn in windy conditions

• Locate the fire site away from buildings, trees and other combustible materials.

• Create a fireguard of at least one metre around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material.

• Never leave a fire unattended.

• Ensure the fire is completely extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.

Anyone who lights, fuels or makes use of an open fire must also comply with the Environmental Management Act and Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation.

The act requires individuals to check local venting conditions prior to ignition.

Local venting conditions can be found by calling 1-800-281-2992 or by visiting www.bcairquality.ca/readings/ventilation-index.html.