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Posted: June 30, 2015

Fireworks cancelled as temperatures soar

The fun and festivities of the Canada Day celebrations in Cranbrook organized by Connect Cranbrook will be in full swing at Moir Park tomorrow afternoon beginning at 5 p.m. with lots of games, music, food and craft vendors and family fun.

However, as the hot temperatures continue across the entire southern portion of the province and with no relief in sight, Cranbrook Fire & Emergency Services has made the decision to cancel the Canada Day fireworks display. Several other municipalities around the region including the Town of Creston and the City of Trail have cancelled their Canada Day fireworks displays for the very same reasons.

There is significant concern for the safety for residents as the high temperatures and the drying of the forest materials around Moir Park make the threat of a forest fire due to a stray spark from the fireworks a very real possibility.

“Our wildfire protection specialist supports this decision and the wildfire management branch is experiencing new lightning caused fires and is stressing their resources,” says Scott Driver, Deputy Director of Cranbrook Fire & Emergency Services. “In support of the BC Wildfire Management Branch and the ban they put in place, we are choosing to forgo the fireworks display in the hopes that the Canada Day celebration remains a fun event for everyone in the community.”

Last week, the Southeast Fire Centre prohibited all open fires in the area, which includes the use of fireworks, burn barrels and the burning of waste materials or stubble or grass fires. Starting at noon on Friday July 3, the Southeast Fire Centre will be banning all campfires throughout the region to prevent human-caused fires and to protect public safety.

For more information about the current wildfire conditions in the region, visit our website www.cranbrook.ca and click on the ‘2015 Wildfire Information’ link on the homepage.

Visit www.ourcanadaday.com for all the details about Canada Day celebrations.

City of Cranbrook


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