by Ingrid Baetzel, Editor – The East Shore Mainstreet
July 26/19 – Kootenay Lake, BC: As of Monday, July 29, B.C. Wildfire Service will impose a ban on Category 2 fires in the Kootenay region.
Banned fires include open fires larger than half a metre wide and half a metre high, stubble or grass fires, the use of burn barrels or burn cages, the use of air curtain burners, the use of fireworks and the use of tannerite for target shooting. Small campfires or cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes are not included in the prohibition.
The prohibition covers the Southeast Fire Centre, which includes the Rocky Mountain and Selkirk resource districts. The ban applies to all public and private lands unless otherwise specified by municipal or regional government bylaws.
Penalties for violating the ban can include significant fines, jail time or bearing the financial responsibility for wildfire cost.