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PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — Campfires will once again be allowed in some areas of the Prince George Fire Centre, including the Mackenzie, Peace and Fort Nelson forest districts effective at noon today.

The BC Wildfire Service says that the combination of precipitation and the return of cooler, seasonal temperatures has reduced the wildfire danger in these parts of the province. However, some parts of the region remain dry and the wildfire risk in some areas is still high or extreme.

The fire danger rating across B.C. yesterday.

Category 2 and Category 3 open fires, which are more than 50 centimetres in size, are still prohibited across the entire Prince George Fire Centre. The use of sky lanterns, binary exploding targets, and burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description is also currently prohibited. A campfire ban also remains in effect in the Vanderhoof Forest District.

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a 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.

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