Anyone conducting a Category 3 fire anywhere in the Cariboo Fire Centre will have to have any such fire extinguished by noon on Monday, April 23.
The Centre announced that Category 3 fires are to be prohibited until September 29 or until the public is otherwise notified.
“Holdover fires may smolder undetected for a long period of time underground before flaring up as temperatures rise.”
Prohibited activities that would constitute a Category 3 open fire include:
- any fire larger than two metres high by three metres wide
- three or more concurrently burning piles no larger than two metres high by three metres wide
- one or more burning windrows
- burning of stubble or grass over an area greater than 0.2 hectares.
Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000, or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail.
If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.