Today, April 4th at noon, open fires will be prohibited in the Cariboo Region zones: Chilcotin, Quesnel, Central Cariboo and 100 Mile House. That means Category 2 and Category 3 fires are banned in those areas. Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean regular camp fires right now!
What is a Category 2 open fire? In case you weren’t sure, BC Wildfire Service claims it as:
“An openfire that burns piled material no larger than two metres high and three metres wide. Or grass over an area less than 0.2 hectares (2000 square metres) in size.
What is a Category 3 open fire? As BC Wildfire Service also states:
“An open fire that burns material in piles larger than two metres high and three metres wide, windrows, or grass over an larger than 0.2 hectares (2000 square metres) in size.”
That being said, the burn ban prohibited activities include the burning of any waste materials, grass fires of any size over any area, burning barrels of any size or kind and the use of sky lanterns.
Not all flames are lost, however. What is allowed during burn ban season, according to BC Wildfire Service:
- Campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller.
- Cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.
- Only CSA or ULC approved portable campfire apparatus may be used, and the flame height must not exceed 15 centimetres.
Your best option to beat the burn bans this summer? The Outland Firebowl.
Our 58,000 BTU fire bowls are CSA approved and are constructed with a protective powder coating. Using a standard 20 lb propane tank, this portable Firebowl burns clean and smokeless!
Don’t get burned by the bans this summer. Check out more of our blogs for the most up to date burn ban warnings!
*Here is the OFR Poster in larger scale.