he Cariboo fire center announced today there will be a campfire ban placed on the entire Cariboo.
Effective on Friday, July 7th, Campfires will be prohibited throughout the Cariboo, before today campfires were only banned in the Chilcotin region.
The Cariboo is experiencing dry conditions and elevated fire danger ratings, which is currently sitting at “extreme”
Prohibited activities will include, open fires, burning of grass over any area, the use of tiki torches, the use of fireworks, sky lanterns, exploding targets and the use of air curtain burners.
These prohibitions do not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to a portable campfire apparatus with a CSA or ULC rating that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel.
Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a 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.
To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.