September 7, 2018

** With files provided by the Southeast Fire Centre & Province of BC

KAMLOOPS - Rain and cooler temperatures have reduced the wildfire risk in most parts of the province, so the BC Wildfire Service has rescinded campfire bans in specific regions effective at noon (Pacific Time) on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018.

Campfire bans remain in place for Cranbrook, Invermere, Arrow and Kootenay Lake fire zones. This includes within the municipal boundary of the City of Cranbrook. Campfire bans will be partially rescinded (for specific areas only) in the Southeast Fire Centre. Campfire bans will be fully rescinded throughout the Prince George Fire Centre, Cariboo Fire Centre and Kamloops Fire Centre.

Detailed information for each fire centre is provided below.  Please check with local government authorities for any other restrictions before lighting any fire.

Southeast Fire Centre
Effective at noon (Pacific time) on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, campfires will be permitted in the Columbia Fire Zone. However, the campfire prohibition will remain in effect in the Cranbrook, Boundary, Invermere, Arrow and Kootenay Lake fire zones, including within the boundary of the City of Cranbrook. A map showing the affected areas is available online:

The following activities also remain prohibited within the Boundary, Arrow, Kootenay Lake, Invermere and Cranbrook Fire Zones:

  • the use of tiki torches
  • the use of chimineas
  • the use of outdoor stoves and portable campfire apparatus that are not CSA-approved or ULC-approved, or if the flame is longer than 15 centimetres

The following activities remain prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre:

  • Category 2 and Category 3 open fires, as defined in the Wildfire Regulation
  • stubble or grass burning of any size
  • the use of air curtain burners (forced-air burning systems)
  • the use of sky lanterns
  • the use of fireworks, including firecrackers
  • the use of burn barrels or burning cages of any size or description
  • the use of binary exploding targets (e.g., for target practice)

The BC Wildfire Service thanks the public for continued support, vigilance and co-operation during this challenging fire season.

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

For up-to-date information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, call 1 888 3-FOREST, or visit:

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