07/08/2013 02:00 EDT | Updated 09/07/2013 05:12 EDT

Open fire bans expanded across southern B.C.

The hot dry weather across much of B.C. has forced the B.C. Wildfire Management Branch to issue an open fire ban for southern areas of the province.

The ban applies all Crown land, B.C. Parks and private lands in the Coastal, Kamloops, Cariboo and Southeast fire centres.

It does not apply to local government areas that have their own fire prevention bylaws and fire departments.

It specifically prohibits:

- Burning of any waste, slash or other materials.

- Stubble or grass fires of any size over any area.

- The use of fireworks, sky lanterns, or burning barrels of any size or description.

Campfires smaller than half a meter in diameter are still permitted.

The fire danger rating is moderate to high for much of the province.