Temporary Fire Ban in place, starting July 20

(Penticton BC – July 19, 2018) –The City of Penticton is currently experiencing hot and dry conditions and fire danger ratings are generally “high” or “extreme” throughout the City. Due to the current conditions of high fire danger rating, the City of Penticton is implementing a TEMPORARY FIRE BAN, as authorized under Section 9.03 of the City of Penticton Fire & Life Safety Bylaw No. 2004-57.  Prohibitions on Category 2 and Category 3 open fires are in effect throughout the City of Penticton. 

Effective at noon on Friday, July 20, 2018, and until further notice, all open burning, including campfires and, fireworks, will be prohibited within the boundaries of the City of Penticton. Specifically, prohibited activities once the temporary ban takes effect will include: 

  • campfires, as defined in the wildfire regulation: www.gov.bc.ca/wildfirelegislation
  • the burning of waste or other materials
  • stubble or grass fires of any size over any area
  • the use of fireworks, sky lanterns, tiki torches, chimineas, burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description
  • the use of binary exploding targets (e.g., for target practice)
  • the use of air curtain burners (forced air burning systems)

This open burning ban will remain in effect to protect public safety and to limit the risk of human-caused wildfires.  This ban does not restrict fires in cooking stoves using gas, propane or briquettes, or to a portable campfire apparatus with a CSA or ULC rating (providing the flame height does not exceed 15 centimeters) but does restrict fires in portable wood-burning fireplaces and campfires.

The City of Penticton beach firepits shall not be used and will be decommissioned for the duration of this temporary fire ban.

Anyone found in violation of an open fire ban, including campfires or backyard fires, may be fined.  Anyone who causes a wildfire through arson or recklessness may also be fined up to $1 million, spend up to three years in prison and be held accountable for associated firefighting costs.

The City of Penticton thanks the public in advance for its cooperation in complying with this temporary ban.  For further information please contact Chris Forster, Deputy Fire Chief, at (250) 490-2310. 

Contact:

Chris Forster, Deputy Fire Chief (for Larry Watkinson, Fire Chief)
Penticton Fire Department
250-490-2310