With wet weather and the return of cooler temperatures, campfires will now be allowed in some areas in the northwest.
However, some parts of the Northwest Fire Centre remain dry and the wildfire risk in these areas is still high, so the campfire prohibition will remain in effect within the Nadina Fire Zone.
Kevin Skrepnec from the BC Wildfire Service says the lifting of these bans is a result of less fire danger in the Northwest and maps can be found on the BC wildfire website.
Campfires will be allowed in the Cassiar Fire zone, the Bulkley fire zone and the Skeena Fire Zone, with the exception of Category 2 & 3 fires, and the use of sky lanterns, binary exploding targets and burning barrels.
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.
Skrepnec did advise that residents of communities in the Northwest should check with their local fire department to ensure that no other local stipulations have been placed on the ban.