Campfire ban lifted in Merritt area
The campfire ban imposed a week earlier was lifted Friday in Merritt, Kamloops, Salmon Arm and Lillooet.
Kamloops Fire Centre officials said the ban is still in place in all of the Okanagan, including the Penticton and Vernon fire zones.
"This partial rescinding of the campfire ban is due to rain received overnight [Thursday and Friday], resulting in lower fire danger ratings in those areas," said Michaela Swan, fire information officer.
The ban that is still in place doesn't include limiting the use of cooking stoves that use propane, gas, briquettes or portable campfire apparatus with a CSA or ULC rating and uses briquettes, gaseous fuel and liquid — if the height of the flame doesn't exceed 15 centimetres.
The Wildfire Management Branch has been called out to 65 wildfires over the last week in the Kamloops Fire Centre.
Nearly 92 per cent of the blazes were contained to fewer than four hectares.
Approximately 400 crew members were dispatched to fight the flames.
This personnel includes fire wardens, pilots, firefighting crews, initial attack crews and heavy equipment operators.
Open burning is still prohibited in all areas of the Kamloops Fire Centre.
"This prohibition applies to open fires larger than a half-metre high by a half-metre wide, fires with a burn registration number, industrial burning, fireworks and burning barrels," Swan said.
All BC Parks, crown and private lands are covered in the open burning prohibition, but doesn't apply in local government boundaries with forest fire prevention bylaws and are serviced by a fire department.