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PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – In the wake of hotter, drier conditions, the BC Wildfire Service says that once again this summer, they will be banning Category 2 fires.

The prohibition on Category 2 fires, which are defined as smaller than two metres high and three metres wide, goes into effect at noon on Thursday, Aug. 18th across the entire Prince George Fire Centre. The ban will remain in effect until Sept. 30th, or until otherwise notified.

In addition to banning fires larger than 50 centimetres wide by 50 centimetres high, the ban also covers:

The burning of stubble or grass over an area less than 2,000 square metres.

The use of burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description.

The use of sky lanterns, tiki torches or fireworks.

The use of stoves and other portable campfire apparatuses that are not CSA/ULC approved.

Cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes are still allowed, as are large Category 3 fires provided they comply with open burning regulations. Anyone wishing to conduct a Category 3 burn must obtain a burn registration number by calling 1 (888) 797-1717. A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online:

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a violation ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call toll-free at: 1 (800) 663-5555, or dial *5555 from a mobile phone.

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