The BC Peace Region will be one of only a few areas in the province where you can have a campfire.
As of Thursday at noon, all open burning, including campfires and fireworks, will be prohibited in parts of the Prince George Fire Centre. Campfires will be banned near MacKenzie, Prince George, Vanderhoof, Fort St. James, McBride and Valemont forest districts.
Campfires and fireworks will still be allowed in the BC Peace until further notice. That means campfires will be allowed around Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Tumbleridge, Hudson’s Hope and Fort Nelson.
The ban does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to portable campfire apparatus with a CSA or ULC rating using briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel, as long as the flame is kept under 15 centimetres in length.
Anyone found in violation of an open fire ban, including campfires, may be issued a ticket for $345. Should a wildfire occur as a result of recklessness, a person can be fined up to $1 million or spend three years in prison and be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.
The ban will be in place until the public is otherwise notified.
For more details on fire bans across the province, visit www.firesafebc.ca
To report a wildfire or unattended campfire please call *5555 on your cell or toll-free 1 800 663-5555.
Map: The area in pink, will be under a campfire ban as of Thursday at 12pm.