Restrictions expected to continue

Until the region receives a significant change in the fire risk, the campfire bans in Summerland and in the region will continue.

Until the region receives a significant change in the fire risk, the campfire bans in Summerland and in the region will continue.

Kayla Pepper, fire information officer with the Kamloops Fire Centre, said there are standards in place before a fire ban is issued.

She said three consecutive days of high to extreme fire risk, without a change in conditions forecast, will result in a fire ban.

Last week, the Kamloops Fire Centre issued a ban in the region while the municipality followed suit with a ban on campfires in Summerland.

While the ban is in place, campers can still use stoves which use gas, propane or briquettes. The stoves must meet CSA or ULA approval.

Before the ban is lifted, the fire hazard must drop significantly.

A sudden heavy rain will not change fire hazard conditions as much as a number of days of more moderate but steady precipitation, she said.

 

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