Fire bans in effect starting July 2

Well, at least they are waiting until after Canada Day.

The BC Wildfire Service says a ban on all Category 2 and 3 open fires throughout the Prince George Fire Centre will commenceJuly 2 and will continue on until the end of September.

The ban includes all fires larger than a campfire, prohibits the burning of stubble and grass, and puts the kibosh on fireworks and firecrackers, along with burn barrels and tiki torches.

This ban extends to all provincial parks, and Crown and private lands.

It does not include campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide, or smaller, and does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, according the province.

The province is urging people to check with local authorities about prohibitions before light any kind of fire.

Getting busted comes with hefty fines — from a ticket as small as $345 to fines up to $100,000 if convicted in court, or a one-year jail term. Anyone caught starting a fire that spreads into a wildfire, could be ordered to pay all firefighting costs.

Anyone who sees a violation, or a wildfire, is asked to dial *5555 on their cell phones or call 1-800-663-5555.