Regional fire ban issued

Beginning at noon Friday, all open fires will be prohibited within the Southeast Fire District, which includes the area around Rossland.

Beginning at noon Friday, all open fires will be prohibited within the Southeast Fire District, which includes the area around Rossland.

The Southeast Fire Centre is issuing the ban as summer weather heats up and the possibility of forest fires increases with it.

“The prohibition will remain in place until Sept. 19, or until the public is otherwise notified,” Karlie Shaughnessy, fire information officer, said. “This prohibition covers all B.C. Parks, Crown and private lands, but does not apply within the boundaries of local governments that have forest fire prevention bylaws and are serviced by a fire department.”

The prohibition includes the burning of any waste, slash or other material, the burning of stubble or grass and the use of fireworks or burning barrels of any size or description.

This prohibition does not include campfires, gas or propane cooking stoves or briquettes.

Report a wildfire or unattended campfire by calling *5555 on your cellphone or 1 800 663-5555 toll-free.

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning prohibitions, road closures and air quality advisories, click here.

 

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