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Campfire ban to be lifted on B.C. south coast

By The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - Campers on the south coast of British Columbia will be able to spark up a campfire by the end of the week.

The Ministry of Forests says cooler weather allows the lifting of a campfire ban in the Coastal Fire Centre at noon on Thursday.

It means bans only remain in place in parts of two of British Columbia's six fire centres.

Campfires are not allowed in a section of the Skeena fire zone and in the Nadina and Bulkley fire zones of the Northwest Fire Centre, while a ban still applies in the Cariboo Fire Centre for all areas west of the Fraser River.

The Wildfire Management Branch says of the roughly 125 wildfires blazing across the province, only 10 are large or potentially threatening.

Of those, only one evacuation order remains in effect, covering a handful of remote properties near the 1,337-square-kilometre Cheslaslie wildfire in the Northwest Fire Centre.

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