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B.C. campfire warning issued 0

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

Be careful when dealing with your campfire. (FILE PHOTO/QMI AGENCY)

Be careful when dealing with your campfire. (FILE PHOTO/QMI AGENCY)

The provincial Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources wants to make sure it doesn’t lose any inventory over the upcoming holiday and is urging campers to be extra cautious with campfires.

The ministry said large-scale open burning is banned in many regions, but small and contained campfires are permitted province-wide.

That means people need to be careful, said the ministry.

“Campfires cannot be larger than 0.5 metres in height and 0.5 metres in diameter,” it detailed in a release. “Make sure that the campfire is completely extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.”

British Columbia has stiff penalties for those found to be endangering the forest through careless acts involving fires, including jail sentences of up to one year.

More campfire safety information is available at bcwildfire.ca.

 

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