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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Effective as of today, small sized cooking fires will be allowed within city limits in Fort St. John.

The BC Wildfire Service had issued a province wide ban on any type of fire.

Council, as per a bylaw, can decide that small cooking fires (1 meter around in size) are allowed only within city limits.

Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman and Council made the decision after deeming the risk to be low after also discussing it with the City of Fort St. John Fire Department Chief Deputy. However, it does not mean that open burning is allowed.

You still cannot burn any waste or other materials, stubble or grass fires of any size over any area, use burning barrels or burning cages of any kind. You also cannot use sky lanterns, Tiki Torches or fireworks. You cannot use stoves or portable campfire apparatus that is not CSA approved or ULC approved.

You are allowed to use a propane fire pit or BBQ. If circumstances should change, the ban can be reinstated.

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