Campfire ban eased

Effective at noon, August 28, campfires will once again be permitted throughout the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction.

Effective at noon today, August 28, campfires will once again be permitted throughout the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction. But the ban remains in place for Category 2 fires, including backyard burn piles and burn barrels.

The Coastal Fire Centre will rescind its existing campfire prohibition due to cooler weather in the forecast, which will result in a decreased wildfire risk in the region. The following activities will now be allowed:

• Campfires, as defined by the wildfire regulation.

• Open fires in an outdoor stove.

The public is reminded that campfires must not be larger than a half-metre high by a half-metre wide. Anyone who lights a campfire must have a hand tool (such as a shovel) or at least eight litres of water available to fully extinguish it. Never leave a campfire unattended and make sure that the ashes are completely cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.

Small backyard burning piles (Category 2 fires) remain prohibited within the Coastal Fire Centre, except in Haida Gwaii and the area known as the “fog zone”.

Category 2 fires include:

• The burning of any material in a pile larger than a half-metre high by a half-metre wide, up to two metres high by three metres wide;

• The burning of stubble or grass covering an area up to 0.2 hectares; and

• Fireworks, sky lanterns and burning barrels of any size and description.

Check with local governments for any other restrictions before lighting any fire.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or non-compliant open burning, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.