As of Aug. 4 at noon, campfires are prohibited in Summerland. The ban comes as a result of the high to extreme risk of wildfires in the area. (Black Press file photo)

As of Aug. 4 at noon, campfires are prohibited in Summerland. The ban comes as a result of the high to extreme risk of wildfires in the area. (Black Press file photo)

Summerland imposes campfire ban

High to extreme fire conditions lead to decision to prohibit fires

Because of extreme temperatures, dry conditions and the high to extreme fire danger rating, campfires are now banned in Summerland.

The ban, announced by the Summerland Fire Department, took effect Aug. 4 at noon and will continue until further notice.

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This ban does not restrict fires in stoves, barbeques or portable campfire rings utilizing gas, propane, or briquettes.

Those violating the ban may be issued a ticket up to $2,000. In addition, if the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be responsible for all firefighting and associated costs.

The Summerland fire ban coincides with a ban announced by the Kamloops Fire Centre and the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. This ban also came into effect Aug. 4 at noon.

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