Effective noon today, the ban on campfires will be lifted in most Central Okanagan areas. Campfires are not permitted at any time within the City of Kelowna.
The ban on campfires within local government fire jurisdictions in the Central Okanagan has been in place since August 19th. Forecast showers and cooler temperatures are expected to reduce the potential fire threat.
Starting this afternoon, campfires will again be allowed within the Regional District of Central Okanagan fire protection areas (Ellison, Joe Rich, North Westside, Wilsons Landing), the City of West Kelowna, District of Lake Country, and District of Peachland with appropriate precautions to prevent a spread of the fire.
Please remember that fireworks are not allowed at any time in most areas of the Central Okanagan. Use of fireworks in the District of Lake Country and City of West Kelowna must be approved in writing by the Fire Chief.
All smoking materials should be carefully extinguished and motorists are reminded not to throw cigarettes or other smoking materials from their vehicle.
As well, smoking is not allowed in any RDCO regional park or municipal park in Kelowna and West Kelowna. Smoking is also prohibited in children’s play areas, sports fields, undeveloped parks and wilderness trails in the District of Peachland.
Open burning has not been allowed within any jurisdiction of the Regional District and member municipalities since April 30th.
Violators could receive a fine and be charged the cost of the fire department response to a burning complaint. Residents are encouraged to report anyone who is illegally burning by calling the Regional Fire Dispatch Centre at 250-469-8577.
Local Fire Chiefs:
Lake Country Fire Department 250-766-2327
Peachland Fire Rescue Service 250-767-2841
West Kelowna Fire/Rescue 778-797-3200