A partial lifting of the campfire ban on Vancouver Island comes just in time for the BC Day long weekend.

A partial lifting of the campfire ban on Vancouver Island comes just in time for the BC Day long weekend.

Partial lifting of campfire ban in time for long weekend

Campfires now allowed in areas north of Gold River

  • Jul. 28, 2015 12:00 p.m.

Effective at noon on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, campfires will once again be permitted in the North Island-Central Coast Natural Resource District within the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction.

Campfires will be permitted on Vancouver Island:

* North of Robson Bight.

* In the Nimpkish Valley.

* North of Nordstrom Creek on the Brooks Peninsula, on the outer coast of Vancouver Island.

Campfires are also allowed in the “Fog Zone” and on Haida Gwaii. The Fog Zone is a band of land on the west coast of Vancouver Island that’s two kilometres wide and runs from Owen Point near Port Renfrew to the eastern boundary of the District of Port Hardy.

A detailed map of the affected areas is available online at:

http://bit.ly/1Iq1iLN

 

The Coastal Fire Centre is lifting the campfire prohibition in these areas due to the amount of precipitation that was recently received and the forecast for additional precipitation in the coming days.

All other types of open fires remain prohibited throughout the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdictional area, including backyard burning and land-clearing burn piles. Burning barrels, burning cages, fireworks, firecrackers, tiki torches, sky lanterns and binary exploding targets are also prohibited.

This prohibition does not apply to CSA-rated or ULC-rated cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to a portable campfire apparatus that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel, so long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres.

 

This prohibition does not apply within the boundaries of a local government that has wildfire prevention bylaws in place and is serviced by a fire department. However, since local governments may have their own burning regulations in place, always check with them before lighting any fire of any size.

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for $345, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

Learn more about open burning and current burning prohibitions at:

http://bcwildfire.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/Bans.asp

 

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