Fort St. John and many other cities in British Columbia have been dealing with a hot and very dry summer.
Therefore, during this summer (July 2nd through the end of September) the government has issued a ban on open fires and water restrictions throughout the province.
As this was an action to help decrease the number of forest fires that have been occurring and to also preserve water.
Some of the fire restrictions include:
- The burning of any material
- Fire Works
- Stubble or grass fires
- Campfires that are larger than half-meter high, wide or larger.
Anyone that is found not obeying these rules can be fined $345 or causes a wildfire can be charged up to $100,000.
However, just a few days ago residents of Fort St. John were given the okay to have small campfires again since the weather has finally calmed down and has begun to get cooler.
But there are still some restrictions with having a campfire; which include only having an open fire that is not bigger than 0.5 meter high and 0.5 meters wide. And this will be a rule that will be active till the end of September.
In addition, it is important to note that if you are going to have a camp fire, that it is still prohibited to burn stubble, grass, larger camp fires and fireworks.
If you have any questions or concerns about these fire restrictions and/or are wondering about the latest information, please visit http://www.bcwildfire.ca.