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Campfire Ban Lifted in Time for Long Weekend

Small campfires are now allowed in the City of Castlegar.

This follows an announcement earlier today by the BC Wildfire Service rescinding the Category 1 campfire prohibition in the Southeast Fire Centre that was put into place on July 10, 2023.

“With the cooling temperatures, we know this is good news for many people going into the long weekend,” says Fire Chief, Sam Lattanzio. “We do everything we can to keep our community safe and we’re now asking the community to take all the precautions to prevent fires during these times.”

Anyone lighting a campfire must remove flammable debris from around the campfire area, attend to the fire at all times, and have a hand tool or at least eight litres of water available nearby to properly extinguish the campfire.

As defined in the Wildfire Regulations, Category 2 and Category 3 open burning (any fire larger than 0.5 metres wide by 0.5 metres high) remains in effect throughout the Southeast Fire Centre. The following equipment and activities are also prohibited throughout the Fire Centre:

  • the use of sky lanterns
  • the use of fireworks
  • the use of air curtain burners
  • the use of burn barrels and burn cages
  • the use of binary exploding targets

For Additional Information:

Castlegar Fire Department

250 365 3266

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