Open burning is officially restricted throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre from now until September 30th.
Fire Information Officer, Emily Epp says the Centre has currently responded to 17 wildfires this season.”All of which have been human-caused and therefore preventable.”
“This open fire prohibition is coming into effect to prevent human-caused wildfires enabling our resources to be more effectively used for natural causing wildfires and also for the protection of the public.”
The restriction prohibits fires that burn material in one or more piles, each exceeding two meters in height and three meters in width, or stubble or grass over an area exceeding 0.2 hectares.
The prohibition does not apply to campfires, or cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or open fires that are two meters by three meters or smaller.
The Cariboo Fire Centre stretches from Loon Lake near Clinton in the south to the Cottonwood River near Quesnel in the north and from Tweedsmuir Provincial Park in the west to Wells Gray Provincial Park in the east.