Effective immediately, campfires will once again be allowed within most fire jurisdictions across the Central Okanagan.
In light of more seasonal temperatures, the lifting of the campfire ban coincides with a similar action by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations within the Penticton and Vernon Fire Zones. Campfires will again be allowed within the District of West Kelowna, District of Lake Country, and the fire protection districts within the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas (Joe Rich, Ellison, Wilson’s Landing, North Westside).
Until further notice, campfires are not allowed and permits will not be approved in the District of Peachland. Campfires are not allowed at any time within the City of Kelowna.
Under Regional District and other local municipal bylaws, campfires must not create nuisance smoke and only untreated, seasoned firewood may be burned. As well, a campfire must be continuously controlled and supervised by a competent person that has materials or equipment to extinguish the campfire.
At this time, Open Burning is not allowed.
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.