Unseasonably warm and dry weather will last through the Thanksgiving weekend, prompting officials with the Kamloops Fire Centre to remind the public a ban on open burning is in place.
Fire information officer Michaela Swan said 17 fires were reported during the last week, the majority of which were started by people.
She reminds the public that fires larger than a half-metre wide by a half-metre high are banned, along with the burning of stubble or grass and the use of fireworks or burning barrels.
The ban applies to Clearwater and Salmon Arm at elevations below 1,200 metres, and in Kamloops, Vernon, Penticton, Merritt and Lillooet at all elevations.
Anyone found in violation of the ban can be fined up to $345. Anyone who causes a wildfire through arson or recklessness can be fined up to $1 million, spend up to three years in prison and be held accountable for associated firefighting costs.
The open fire prohibition covers all B.C. parks, Crown lands and private lands. The City of Kamloops has its own bylaws that prohibit open fires.
More than 400 fires have been reported in the region since April 1.