PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The Prince George Fire Centre says that Category 2 and Category 3 open fires will be prohibited as of noon on July 6.
Fire Information Officer, Amanda Reynolds, says the ban is to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.
Anyone currently conducting a Category 2 or Category 3 open burn anywhere in the Prince George Fire Centre must extinguish any fire by the implementation of the ban on July 6. The prohibition will remain in effect until Sept. 30, 2017 or until the public is otherwise notified.
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Prohibited activities include:
- Burning of any waste, slash or other materials
- Stubble or grass fires of any size over any area
- The use of burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description
- The use of sky lanterns, tiki torches or fireworks
- The use of stoves and other portable campfire apparatuses that are not CSA-approved or ULC-approved
The prohibition does not ban campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller, and it does not apply to CSA-approved or ULC-approved cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.
“Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a violation ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.”
To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.