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Fire ban lifted for some

A ban on campfires has  been lifted in the Coastal Fire Region of the province.

The BC Wildfire Service made that announcement Monday.

Along with campfires, the  use of tiki torches (and similar kinds of torches), outdoor stoves, gas stoves and other portable campfire equipment is also now permitted.

However, fireworks, sky lanterns, binary exploding targets and burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description are still prohibited.

The current prohibition on Category 2 and Category 3 open fires also remains in place throughout the Coast Fire Centre’s jurisdiction, except for the Fog Zone on Vancouver Island.

People are reminded that local governments may have their own burning bylaws in place and campfires may still be prohibited within those areas. You should always check with local authorities before lighting any fire of any size.

Some parts of southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands have received very little rainfall in recent weeks. Campers and other outdoor recreationalists are reminded to take the following precautions when lighting a campfire:

  • Select the campfire site carefully and remove all leaves, twigs and other flammable material from the area.
  • Create a fire break by scraping away debris right down to the dirt all around the fire.
  • Use a fire pit or put a ring of rocks around the campfire site that is at least three metres away from trees, shrubs, structures and other flammable materials.
  • Campfires must not be bigger than a half-metre wide and a half-metre high.
  • Never leave a campfire unattended.
  • Keep at least eight litres of water or a shovel close by at all times to extinguish your campfire properly.
  • Make sure that your campfire is completely extinguished before going to sleep. Ensure that the fire is completely extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.

A fine of $1,150 can be imposed for people in contravention of an open burning ban.



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