FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: Thursday, August 16, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Lawrie Skolrood, Deputy Fire Chief
Fires Banned In City of Vernon Effective Noon, August 17
- As of noon on August 17 the City of Vernon bans fires of any size, including campfires, fires with a special permit and industrial burning, fireworks, tiki torches and burning barrels.
- This ban applies to all areas of the City of Vernon including; the Foothills and Blue Jay subdivisions, Predator Ridge, Canadian Lake Estates and the Okanagan Landing.
- This ban will remain in place until further notice.
- This ban includes all campfires in Provincial Parks, Crown and private lands (ie: back yards).
- This ban does not apply to metal, ceramic or masonry barbeques with a grill and an enclosed flame fuelled by propane or briquettes which is being used for the purpose of cooking.
Lawrie Skolrood, Deputy Fire Chief for Vernon Fire Rescue said, "We are putting this ban in place to help protect public safety and follow the request of The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations who has rated the fire danger rating as high with pockets of extreme."