Open burning restriced in Prince George Fire Centre

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. —  Taking affect tomorrow at noon, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires will be prohibited throughout the Prince George Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.All Category 2 or Category 3 fires must be extinguished by then.Specifically, prohibited activities will include the burning of any waste, slash or other materials, stubble or grass fires of any size over any area, and the use of burning barrels, sky lanterns, tiki torches or fireworks, and other portable campfire apparatuses that are not CSA/ULC approved.- Advertisement -This prohibition does not ban campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller, and it does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.This prohibition applies to all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands, but does not apply within the boundaries of a local government that has forest fire prevention bylaws in place and is serviced by a fire department.Anyone found trying to contravene the prohibition could be issued a violation ticket of $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000. If convicted in court, they could be fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail.Advertisement “If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs,” a press release from the Prince George Fire Centre states.Because of drier than normal conditions this spring, the prohibition will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.last_img read more