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More than $25K in campfire ban tickets issued over long weekend

Patrols will continue throughout the summer, says COS.

The Conservation Officer Service (COS) handed out $25,300 in campfire ban violations over the long weekend.

In a Facebook post shared Tuesday, the COS says the tickets (22 of them at $1,150 each) were issued from July 1 to 4. 

"The regions with the most tickets were the #SouthCoast and #Kootenays," the post reads. "Patrols will continue throughout the summer." 

The provincewide campfire ban came into effect June 30. The ban covers Category 2 (backyard and industrial burning) and Category 3 (industrial and resource management burning) open fires.

The following activities are also not allowed:

  • The use of fireworks
  • The use of sky lanterns
  • The use of burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description
  • The use of binary exploding targets
  • The use of tiki and similar kinds of torches
  • The use of chimineas
  • The use of outdoor stoves or other portable campfire apparatus without a Canadian Standards Association or Underwriter Laboratories of Canada rating
  • The use of air curtain burners in Cariboo, Coastal, Northwest, Prince George and Southeast fire centres  

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or an open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on a cellphone.