Campfire ban to be rescinded for the weekend

Dylan McCullough | September 6, 2018 in Provincial

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An end to B.C.’s turbulent wildfire season could finally be on the horizon.

BC Wildfire Service has announced that it will likely lift the campfire ban currently in effect for the Prince George, Cariboo and Kamloops Fire Centres in time for this weekend.

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A campfire ban has been in effect for those regions since late July, prohibiting outdoor stoves, portable campfires, fireworks exploding targets and more.

There are currently 11 "wildfires of note" between the three fire centres, with the official danger rating mostly ranging from low to moderate. 

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Cooler temperatures and wetter conditions are to thank for the decreasing fire danger, however, the wildfire service says it is evaluating which bans are still necessary and has yet to finalize details.

While a ban is in place, anyone found in contravention of an open fire prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail.

Further information on lifting the fire ban is expected to be announced on Friday. 

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