Fire ban extinguished

Thanks to the return of the North Island’s typically seasonal weather, the open fire ban was lifted effective at noon Wednesday, Sept. 24.

Thanks to the return of the North Island’s typically seasonal weather, the open fire ban in place throughout the summer was lifted effective at noon Wednesday, Sept. 24.

All open fires are now permitted across the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction, due to a decreased risk of wildfires, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations announced.

Burn barrels, fireworks and tiki torches are also permitted, though certain restrictions on burning may remain. People who intend to conduct open burning must check with local government to ensure there are no additional local bylaws that might regulate open burning.

Campfires must be no larger than a half-metre wide by a half-metre tall. People who light campfires are reminded to have a hand tool, such as a shovel, or at least eight litres of water nearby to fully extinguish the campfire.

Anyone lighting a Category 3 fire must first obtain a burn registration number by calling 1 888-797-1717. A Category 3 fire is one that burns material piled more than two metres high or three metres wide; or stubble or grass over more than 2,000 square metres; or more than two piles of any size.

A person who lights a fire must have sufficient personnel, water and tools on hand to stop the fire from escaping, and must comply with air quality control legislation.

The rescinding of this prohibition applies to all BC Parks, Crown and private lands, but does not apply within the boundaries of local governments that have forest fire prevention bylaws and are serviced by a fire department. Please check with civic authorities for any restrictions before lighting a fire.

To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to: www.bcwildfire.ca.

 

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