Temporary fire ban rescinded

The City of Penticton will be rescinding the temporary fire ban due to a change in the fire danger rating within the Kamloops Fire Centre.

Effective at noon today (Aug. 27), the temporary fire ban will be rescinded for all areas of the City of Penticton. The ban had originally been issued on July 16.

Fire pits will be reinstalled on Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake beaches Thursday. The public is encouraged to continue to restrict their campfire to be no larger than half-metre by half-metre in size and have hand tools like shovels or a minimum of eight litres of water nearby to extinguish it.

Never leave a campfire unattended and make sure the ashes are completely cold to the touch before leaving the area.

Anyone who causes a wildfire through arson or recklessness may be fined up to $1 million, spend up to three years in prison and be held accountable for associated firefighting costs.

For more information, contact the Penticton Fire Department at 250-490-2300.