Fire danger rating in Central Okanagan regional parks raised to Level 4

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It's another indication of just how dry conditions are in B.C.'s Interior. As temperatures rise across the Thompson-Okanagan, so too are the fire danger ratings in some parts of the region, As Victoria Femia reports, this is prompting a warning from officials to be extra cautious outside – May 11, 2024

The fire danger rating in all Central Okanagan regional parks is now at Level 4, the second highest rating in the provincial system.

The regional district upped the rating Friday to ‘high’ due to continued dry conditions and weather forecasts calling for increasing temperatures

The five fire danger levels in B.C. are very low (1), low (2), moderate (3), high (4) and extreme (5).

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Smoking, vaping, and open flames are not allowed at any time in regional or RDCO community parks.

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Campfires are currently permitted throughout the province, but that could soon change as temperatures increase.

“The regional district reminds visitors to use caution and be aware of fire prevention and safety requirements when in regional parks now and throughout the spring and summer,” the RDCO said.

The RDCO also said while fines for violating local fire bylaws range from $250 to $1,000, “the greater danger is the risk that smoking and open fires could result in a serious blaze that threatens our parks, amenities and nearby residents and homes.”

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