As of 12:00 p.m. today (September 10), Campfires which comply with the City of Vernon Good Neighbour and Fire Services Bylaws are once again permitted within the City of Vernon.
The campfire ban is being lifted in accordance with an announcement from BC Wildfire Service that campfires are now permitted throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre again. A campfire is defined as any fire smaller than 0.5 metres high and 0.5 metres wide.
Although fire danger ratings have declined in the region due to recent rainfall and cooler temperatures, please remember to exercise extreme caution with any campfire use.
“Please continue to use care and caution if enjoying a campfire. It’s a requirement that fires not be left unattended and that they are fully extinguished,” said Fire Chief David Lind.
If you choose to have a campfire, please remember:
- Only burn dry, seasoned wood
- Never leave a fire unattended
- Be mindful of smoke’s impact on neighbours; don’t allow dense smoke or noxious odours
- Keep water or a hand tool nearby at all times when the campfire is lit
- Ensure the fire is fully doused before walking away at the end of your time outside
- Fireworks, sky lanterns, burn barrels and burn cages are prohibited in Vernon
The City of Vernon would like to thank the public for the continual help in preventing wildfires.
To report a fire within Vernon’s municipal boundary, call 911. To report a wildfire, call the BC Wildfire Service at 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.