Fire ban starts tomorrow

Starting at noon Saturday, category 2 open fires and fireworks will be prohibited in the Dawson Creek fire zone, which includes Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge, and Pouce Coupe.

The ban is in effect in the Fort St. John and Fort Nelson fire zones.

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"The BC Wildfire Service is implementing these prohibitions to help prevent wildfires sparked by Category 2 burns, due to dry and windy conditions in the forecast. These prohibitions will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified," reads the release.

The ban applies to fireworks, burn barrels, open burning of any material (piled or unpiled) smaller than two metres high and three metres wide, and stubble or grass fires over an area smaller than 2,000 square metres.

It does not apply too Category 3 fires or campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller, or to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.

"These prohibitions cover all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands, but do not apply within the boundaries of a local government that has forest fire prevention bylaws in place and is serviced by a fire department. Please check with local government authorities for any other restrictions before lighting any fire," reads the release. 

Anyone found in violation of the prohibition could be fined $1,150, and face a $100,000 fine or jail time if convicted in court.

If a violation causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555, or *5555 on a cellphone.

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