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Temporary Open Fire Ban for Regional District Fire Service Area

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Due to the current condition of high and extreme fire danger rating in our regional area, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is implementing a TEMPORARY OPEN FIRE BAN.

Effective at noon on Friday, July 7th 2017 and until further notice, all open burning, including campfires and fireworks, will be prohibited in the RDOS. This ban is in conjunction with other local Fire Departments including Penticton, Summerland, Oliver, Osoyoos, Princeton, Hedley and the Penticton Indian Band.

This open burning ban is in effect to protect public safety and to limit the risk of person-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.

Campers and hikers and those recreating in remote areas are asked to use extreme caution.

Motorized vehicles, particularly all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and dirt bikes, can produce a significant amount of heat from their exhaust systems. This heat can be enough to spark a wildfire. Avoid operating any motorized vehicle in tall grass and vegetation when the weather is hot and dry. Even operating a lawn mower in dry grass conditions can ignite a fire.

Anyone found in violation of an open fire ban, including campfires, may be issued a ticket for up to $345.00 per incident. 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 RDOS thanks the public in advance for their cooperation in complying with this temporary fire ban. For further information, please contact Mark Woods, RDOS Community Services Manager, at (250) 490-4132 or

Karla Kozakevich, Chair
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen

Click Here for Kamloops Fire Centre Wildfire Information.

Event date: 
Monday, 25 September, 2017
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