Effective noon on Monday, July 4, category 2 fires will be banned in the Southeast Fire Centre, including Castlegar.
The Southeast Fire Centre announced the impending ban on Tuesday, June 28, stating that it was “to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.”
Category 2 fires include the burning of waste or other materials, stubble or grass fires of any size, the use of fireworks, sky lanterns or burning barrels, the use of binary exploding targets like those used for rifle target practice, and the use of air curtain burners.
This fire ban is in addition to the category 3 fire ban already in effect. Category 3 fires include the burning of any material larger than two meters high or three meters wide, stubble or grass fire over an area larger than 2,000 square meters, and the burning of more than two piles of any size.
A map of the areas affected by both bans is available at ow.ly/El0n301JyDh.
The ban does not apply to campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller, or to cooking stoves. Those lighting campfires are reminded not to leave the fire unattended, to remove debris from the area surrounding the fire and keep at least eight liters of water or a hand tool on hand to extinguish it. Make sure the fire is fully extinguished and the ashes are cold before leaving the site.
To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit bcwildfire.ca.