Open fires banned, but campers fear not

As of noon today, all open fires have been banned in the northwest fire region and Terrace.

  • Aug. 2, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Early this week the fire danger rating for Terrace climbed to high.

As of noon today, August 2, all open fires have been banned in the northwest fire region. Under this restriction, the burning of waste, slash or other materials and grass or stubble are no permitted.

Additionally, the Northwest Fire Centre has banned the use of tiki torches, burning barrels or fireworks. The open fire ban is expected to last until September 15.However, if you have camping, or backyard fire pit plans this BC Day long weekend, fear not as campfires are still allowed.

The only stipulation is that they must be no more than a half-metre high by a half-metre wide, and you must ensure to clear the fire area of debris and have at least eight litres of water nearby for extinguishing. Anyone found having an open fire could be issued a $345 ticket, and could be fined up to $100,000 and served jail time if convicted in court.

The City of Terrace also issued an open fire ban within city limits with the same restrictions as the fire centre issued. Although the city has also banned fireworks, the Riverboat Days Fireworks Extravaganza will still go on as planned.

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