OPEN BURNING BANS IMPLEMENTED IN PEACE FOREST DISTRICT

PRINCE GEORGE ? Effective at noon April 27, 2006 and until further notice, all backyard burning and industrial pile burning (Categories 2 and 3) are banned within the Peace Forest District within the Prince George Fire Centre.

The Peace Forest District extends from the Rocky Mountains in the west to the Alberta

border in the east, south to Kakwa Park and north to Truch on the Alaska Highway.

This open fire restriction is in effect to protect public safety and to limit the risk of person caused wildfires. A backyard burning ban (Category 2) prohibits the use of open fires that burn waste material in piles less than two meters high and three meters wide. This ban also prohibits grass burning over an area less than 0.2 ha. in size.

An industrial pile burning ban (Category 3) prohibits the use of open fires that burn

material in piles over two meters high and three meters wide. This ban also prohibits burning of windrows and stubble in an area over 0.2 ha. in size.

All Category 2 and 3 open burning presently being conducted are to be extinguished.

Bans on backyard burning and industrial pile burning apply to all lands outside of

municipal boundaries and Regional Districts that have open fire bylaws. Please check with your local authorities before lighting a fire within municipal boundaries.

There have been 46 fires in the Peace Forest District since April 1; 17 have occurred in the past three days. About half of these fires were caused by fire use escapes. Hot and dry conditions are expected to continue through the next week and wind is also forecasted.

On average, half of all of wildfires are caused by human activity. The BC Forest Service thanks the public for their co-operation in complying with the ban and assisting in the detection of wildfires. To report a wildfire, please call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on most cellular networks. For more information on open fire restrictions or for updates on current wildfire activity, visit www.for.gov.bc.ca/protect.