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Category 2 open fires to be banned in Southeast Fire Centre

Category 2 open fires will be banned again as of noon Friday throughout the Southeast Fire Centre.

The BC Wildfire Service says it’s due to increased fire danger ratings and a warming trend throughout the southeast. The prohibition is expected to remain in place until Oct. 28 or further notice.

The ban specifically applies to the following:

  • One or two burning piles no larger than two metres high by three metres wide
  • Burning of stubble or grass over an area less than 0.2 hectares
  • Fireworks
  • Binary exploding targets
  • Air curtain burners
  • Sky lanterns, and
  • Burn barrels or burn cages

This prohibition does not apply to campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller nor to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.Larger Category 3 open fires have been prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre since May 18. Category 2 fires were also banned that day, but then allowed again as of June 15.

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