Campfire ban remains in effect due to wildfire risk

Published on June 16, 2023 by David Wylie

BC Forest Fire and Smoke over the mountain near Hope during a hot sunny summer day. British Columbia, Canada. Wildfire natural disasterPhoto: Adobe/Okanagan Journal
A BC wildfire burns. Officials have put a campfire ban in effect across the Central Okanagan.

The Kamloops Fire Centre is lifting its campfire restrictions.

But the ‘no campfires’ rule stays in effect in Lake Country—and the rest of the Central Okanagan.

Hot temperatures and dry conditions this spring have led to high/extreme fire danger ratings.

We’re experiencing a break in the heat.

Temperatures continue to cool down to a daytime high of 15 C early next week and overnight temperatures around 9 C. There’s about a 50% chance of rain in Lake Country mid-next week.

It’s expected to heat up again at the end of next week, with highs close to 30 C.

Original: June 12

Campfires are now prohibited in all Central Okanagan municipalities.

The District of Lake Country sent out a news release that the campfire ban, effective June 8, is to help prevent human-caused wildfires.

“Due to extreme temperatures, dry conditions and the high-extreme fire danger rating, the campfire ban will remain in effect until further notice,” says the district.

“Violators could receive a fine and be charged the cost of the fire department response to a burning complaint.”

Don’t throw anything lit out your window

Fire officials in the Central Okanagan are reminding people to put off their cigarettes and joints completely and not to throw butts or roaches out the window of their cars.

Also, smoking isn’t allowed in Central Okanagan parks, , as well as children’s play areas, sports fields, undeveloped parks and wilderness trails in the District of Peachland.

Fireworks are banned without a permit.

“Residents are encouraged to report anyone who is illegally burning by calling the Regional Fire Dispatch Centre at 250-469-8577,” says the district.

The campfire ban affects all local government fire jurisdictions in the Regional District of Central Okanagan, including the City of West Kelowna, District of Lake Country, District of Peachland, Westbank First Nation and the Ellison, Joe Rich, North Westside and Wilson’s Landing fire service areas in the Central Okanagan East and West Electoral Areas. Campfires are not permitted at any time within the City of Kelowna.