City of Penticton’s campfire ban lifted, open fire ban remains in place

(Penticton, BC – September 14, 2018) – Penticton Fire Chief, Larry Watkinson, has announced that the campfire ban issued this summer will be lifted at 12:01pm, today.  However, residents wishing to use open fires, such as the burning of agricultural clippings, are informed that that ban remains in place.

“Campfires only are now allowable in Penticton.  As always, please practice safe fire use when tending a campfire, including taking proper measures to ensure it is successfully extinguished once all campfire activities are completed”, said Watkinson.

Anyone found in violation of the remaining open fire ban 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 the remaining open fire ban.

 

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Contacts:

Chris Forster

Deputy Fire Chief

City of Penticton Fire Department

250-490-2310

 

Philip Cooper

Communications Manager

City of Penticton

250-490-2583