The campfire ban for rural properties within the Oliver Fire Protection Area was lifted on Thursday, Oct. 5.
Permitted campfires are required to be no larger than half a metre wide and half a metre tall. It is also recommended that you have at least eight litres of water nearby to help extinguish the fire. Fires must be fully extinguished when you leave the area for any amount of time. The ashes of the fire must be cool to the touch. A fuel break around the campfire must also be in place. This area must be clear of debris and anything combustible. A rock ring around the fire can also help prevent it from spreading.
Violating the regulations could cost $1,150 and if a violation causes a wildfire, the person responsible may also be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.
The ban was put in place in early July in response to the extreme dry conditions province wide.
In-town residents are reminded that all open fires are not permitted. Approved cooking stoves with flames less than 15 centimetres are allowed. Gas flame and briquettes are also permitted.