FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 22, 2017
Effective noon Friday, September 22, 2017, the ban on campfires was lifted in most Central Okanagan areas.
The ban on campfires within local government jurisdictions in the Central Okanagan has been in place since July 7. Forecast showers and cooler temperatures are expected to reduce the potential fire threat.
Campfires are again allowed within the City of West Kelowna, Districts of Lake Country and Peachland and Regional District of Central Okanagan fire protection areas (Ellison, Joe Rich, North Westside, Wilson's Landing), with appropriate precautions to prevent the spread of fire. See www.westkelownacity.ca/campfires for more information. Campfires are not permitted in the City of Kelowna.
All smoking materials should be carefully extinguished and motorists are reminded not to throw cigarettes or other smoking materials from their vehicle. As well, smoking is not allowed in any municipal or regional park. Smoking is also prohibited in children’s play areas, sports fields, undeveloped parks and wilderness trails in the District of Peachland. Please remember that fireworks are not allowed at any time in most areas of the Central Okanagan. Use of fireworks in the City of West Kelowna and District of Lake Country must be approved in writing by the Fire Chief.
Meanwhile, for the first time since 2012, the start of the open burning season in the Central Okanagan will be delayed.
Under local government fire bylaws, permitted open burning may typically start October 1 and must be complete by April 30. However, fire chiefs may change the dates depending on the fire hazard in their area.
This year, due to the ongoing elevated risk of fires, Central Okanagan fire chiefs have decided to postpone the start of open burning. When conditions improve, a date will be announced that they will begin issuing permits for those property owners eligible to burn outdoors.
Violators could receive a fine and be charged the cost of the fire department response to a burning complaint. Residents are encouraged to report anyone who is illegally burning by calling the Regional Fire Dispatch Centre at 250-469-8577.