New opening burning regulations go into effect within the Merritt Fire Zone today.
As of noon, Kamloops Fire Centre Information Officer Max Birkner says Category 2 and 3 fires are prohibited.
"A Category 2 fire is one to two burring piles that are no larger than two-metres high or three-metres wide, or stubble or grass burning in a area that is less than two-hectares in size. And, a Category 3 fire is an fire larger than two-metres wide, or three-metres wide, or stubble or grass burning in an area greater than three-hectares."
The restrictions will remain in effect until Oct 15th, or until further notice.
The current Fire Danger Rating in the Merritt Fire Zone is VERY LOW.