Campfire Ban Rescinded - September 28, 2023

Sep. 27, 2023

Campfire prohibition to be rescinded in Kamloops Fire Centre

KAMLOOPS – As a result of decreased temperatures, higher relative humidities and good recoveries overnight, Category 1 campfires will be permitted throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre, effective at 12 p.m. (noon) on Thursday, September 28, 2023. This rescind includes the use of chimineas and tiki and similar kinds of torches.

Category 2 and Category 3 open fires remain prohibited until noon on Oct. 13, 2023, or until the orders are rescinded.

In addition to open fires being prohibited, the following activities and equipment are also restricted:

  • Fireworks
  • Sky Lanterns
  • Binary Exploding Targets
  • Air Curtain Burners
  • Burn Barrels or Burn Cages of any size or description, except when used for a Category 1 campfire as defined by the Wildfire Regulation

You can view a map of the affected area here. To learn more about the different categories of open burning, visit the Open Burning webpage.

Click here to read the full BC Wildfire Service release.

Note: Rescinding of this campfire ban does not apply within the boundaries of the Village of Keremeos

The Village of Keremeos permits the open burning of garden refuse and agricultural waste from October 16 to April 14. Only wood and plant matter may be burned. Care should be taken when open burning is undertaken; fires must not be left unattended at any time; water, soil or sand must be on hand to extinguish the fire; and flammable materials must be removed from a five-foot strip surrounding the fire.

Due to the semi-desert climate in this area, people are encouraged to burn only within the designated open burning time period. 

For further information, please get in touch with the Village directly.


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