September 22, 2017

Campfire Ban Lifted In City of Cranbrook Effective Immediately, Fire Department Says

Cranbrook, BC (September 22, 2017) – Campfires are now again being allowed within the municipal boundaries of the City of Cranbrook.

Effective at noon today, the Southeast Fire Centre rescinded its campfire ban due to the cooler and wetter conditions in the forecast and a decreased wildfire risk in the region.  As a result, the City of Cranbrook through Fire & Emergency Services has decided to follow the province’s lead and lift the campfire ban.

Those who do use campfires or other outdoor fire pits are strongly encouraged to monitor the venting index before using a campfire.  You can access this information online at www.elp.gov.bc.ca/epd/epdpa/venting/venting.html   or by calling the Fire Hall at 250-426-2325.

A guideline is also in place that limits the size of fire pits to 24 inches in diameter.  The intent is to ensure that campfires are controllable and do not pose a threat from either radiant heat or flying embers to surrounding properties or other combustibles.

A copy of a Public Safety Notice, respecting campfires within City limits is available on the City of Cranbrook website under ‘Cranbrook Fire & Emergency Services’ at https://cranbrook.ca/assets/uploads/2013/our-city/city-departments/fire-and-emergency-services/information-bulletins/

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