Since April 1, Kamloops Fire Centre crews have responded to wildfires covering more than 100 hectares, mainly as a result of human negligence.
Come mid-May, open fires run amok could cost culprits dearly.
Open burning of anything larger than a modest campfire will be strictly prohibited from May 15 to Oct. 15.
Burning slash at a size larger than one metre by one metre can lead to a fine of $345, and much stiffer penalties of up to $10,000 and an order to pay firefighting costs if the action causes a wildfire.
Also prohibited as of May 15 is the burning of more than two open fires of any size at the same time and the use of fireworks or burning barrels of any size.
The Kamloops Fire Centre stretches from the northern border of Wells Gray Park near Blue River to the U.S. border to the south, and from the Bridge River Glacier west of Gold Bridge to the Monashee Mountains east of Lumby.