Fire ban in the Peace Region starting Thursday

The past week’s hot and dry weather has meant an increase in human-caused wildfires in the Peace Region. The ban covers all parks and B.C. Crown land, but does not apply within municipalities, which have their own forest fire prevention bylaws and are serviced by a fire department. 

The prohibition will tentatively be in place until June 15.

Good news for spring campers: the ban does not prohibit campfires smaller than half a metre wide by half a metre high, or cooking stoves that use propane, gas or briquettes. The ban specifically prohibits the burning of any waste or other material, including stubble or grass, and the use of fireworks or any size of burning barrels.

Anyone found in violation of the fire ban can be fined up to $345, or if convicted in court, be fined up to $100,000 and face a year in jail.

People operating equipment outdoors and all-terrain vehicle riders are urged to be cautious, as any spark could cause a wildfire.