Campfire ban lifted in Greater Trail region

Campers are now free to enjoy the glow of a fire now that the Southeast Fire Centre has lifted its campfire ban.

Campers are now free to enjoy the glow of a fire now that the Southeast Fire Centre has lifted its campfire ban.

Fanny Bernard, forest information officer with the centre, says the weather forecast was instrumental in the decision to lift the ban, which went into effect on Aug. 5.

“The forecast was calling for significant precipitation and cooler weather, so that is what made us rescind the campfire ban,” she said. “It wasn’t just the (rain) that was happening on Friday, but the forecasted precipitation for the rest of the week.”

A campfire ban could still be put in place if the right conditions are present, and the Southeast Fire Centre is monitoring the conditions on daily basis. Fuel moisture and forecasted weather are some of the criteria forest information officers look at when deciding on a whether to change the status of a burning ban.

Although campers can now roast hot dogs and marshmallows on their campfires, all other open burning is still banned in the fire centre.

“All that is permitted right now are campfires within regulations.

“Any flash burning or burning any waste is prohibited. You still cannot light grass fires of any size over any area, no fireworks, no sky lanterns and no burning barrels,” explained Bernard.

Campfire regulations require the fire to be smaller than a half-metre by half-metre, having at least eight litres of water nearby and a hand tool, like a shovel, to make sure the fire is completely extinguished.

One wildfire of note in the area, the Slocan Park fire, is now fully contained after burning for 14 days and Bernard says there are crews working to keep it that way. The fire was discovered on Aug. 3.

“There are 34 firefighters and one helicopter working on it,” she said. “The crews are now just continuing to patrol and are mopping up hot spots. We had over 35 mm of rain this weekend and that helped.”

To date, the Southeast Fire Centre has had 266 fires, with 57 of them human cause. Bernard says that is a really low number.

“That is a very low proportion (of the fires),” she said. “It is really good and we are very happy to see that (number so low).”

Just Posted

Free Family Day fun for Greater Trail

Public skating in Rossland and Trail are a few of the free offerings for families this weekend

Province announces $23 million for upgrades at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital

West Kootenay-Boundary Regional Hospital District Board has yet to review the provincial proposal

Rossland library gets rave reviews on renovation

A lot of hard work led to this day, says a library board member

Tell the Times

Web Poll: Do you stay in town or leave for holidays like Family Day?

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

East Kootenay illicit drug overdose deaths lowest in B.C.

Local expert credits harm reduction efforts; declares support for legalization of opioids

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

B.C. couple attacked with acid, slashed with knife in Vietnam

Warning, graphic images: Man has burns on 80 per cent of his body, slashed with knife

Northern B.C. First Nation clan says ancient tools found at pipeline work site

Archeologists from the Smithsonian Institute estimate one of the stones found dates back up to 3500 years

Names keep adding to vaccine petition started by B.C. mom

Maple Ridge mom started campaign to make vaccination a condition of attending school

Most Read