2014 Slocan Park fire

Fire ban partially rescinded in Southeast Fire Centre

The public is now permitted to burn waste, slash or other materials in a pile not exceeding two metres in height and three metres in width.

Open fires are once again permitted in the Southeast Fire Centre after a fire ban was partially rescinded Thursday.

“The public is now permitted to burn waste, slash or other materials in a pile not exceeding two metres in height and three metres in width,” the centre said.

This prohibition doesn’t include Category 3 fires. A map of the Category 3 prohibition area is online at bit.ly/1Qa2mZQ.

For more information on the differences between campfires, Category 2 and Category 3 fires, visit bit.ly/1GlhE9l.

The rescinding applies to all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands but does not apply within the boundaries of a local government that has forest fire prevention bylaws and is serviced by a fire department.

If you’re lighting an open fire, you should first check with local authorities and follow these safety precautions:

• Locate the fire site away from buildings, trees and combustible materials

• Do not burn during windy conditions

• Have adequate people, water and hand tools available

• Never leave the fire unattended

• Ensure the fire is completely extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area

To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on a cell phone.

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