Campfire ban on the North Island

A campfire ban went into effect last Wednesday, Aug. 17 at noon.

A campfire ban went into effect last Wednesday, Aug. 17 at noon.

The campfire ban is part of a Category 3 open fire prohibition everywhere in the Coastal Fire Centre region with the exception of Haida Gwaii and the fog zone,” said Fire Information Officer Marg Drysdale.

The Fog Zone is a two-kilometre-wide strip along the outer coast of Vancouver Island, stretching from Owen Point (near Port Renfrew) north to the tip of Vancouver Island and around to the west boundary of the District of Port Hardy. This strip extends inland two kilometres from the high tide point.

The District of Port Hardy is not in the fog zone. “We can’t run through a municipality,” said Drysdale. “Also banned are tiki torches,” Drysdale said.

A Category 2 fire ban was put in place May 13. Covered in that prohibition were fireworks, sky lanterns, burn barrels and binary exploding targets.

“A binary exploding target is a paper target that they put chemicals in so when you fire at them they explode,” she said.

The fire ban is being expanded, because “we have had no significant rainfall since Aug. 9. It is hot and dry. Fire danger ratings are increasing.” Winds were also expected.

The Coastal Fire Centre covers all of the area west of the height of land on the Coast Mountain Range from the U.S.-Canada border at Manning Park, including Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park in the north, the Sunshine Coast, the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and Haida Gwaii.

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a violation ticket for $1,150, 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.

 

Just Posted

Every vote counts: 10 tightest races in B.C.’s municipal elections

Peachland saw their election decided by just one vote

Dennis Dugas speaks out on being the new mayor for Port Hardy

“It was pretty overwhelming, but also pretty humbling to be chosen.”

Quarterdeck restaurant, pub temporarily closed until summer

“We have decided to close the pub until April 30, 2019,” stated the pub’s announcement.

Port Hardy’s RCMP Staff Sgt. Wes Olsen: ‘It’s business as usual’ after cannabis legalization

Local RCMP will still be on the lookout for impaired driving despite cannabis legalization.

Jay Dixon finishes top three for School and District Leadership award

“I believe it’s all of our responsibility for our schools to provide quality education,” said Dixon.

Voters talk on Port Hardy’s municipal election

Port Hardy residents talked on local issues and reasons to vote

Kevin Cameron says being elected Port Alice mayor wasn’t a forgone conclusion

“At the end of the day I was the successful candidate.”

LIVE BLOG: Full election results for Tri-Port area

Follow this post for comprehensive coverage on the mayor, council, school board and more

Gaby Wickstrom talks being new mayor of Port McNeill

“To me it shows that people are ready for a fresh vision for a vibrant community.”

B.C. VIEWS: Residents have had enough of catering to squatters

Media myth of homeless victims offends those who know better

B.C. man sets new Canadian marathon record at Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Cam Levins ran it in two hours nine minutes 25 seconds

B.C. Liberals’ hopes high as Nanaimo by-election approaches

Historically safe NDP seat vacated by long-time MLA Leonard Krog

Leaving B.C.’s electoral reform to a referendum is ‘ridiculous’: professor

B.C. voters getting ballots in the mail on proposal to change electoral system

Canada condemns killing of journalist in Saudi Arabia consulate in Turkey

The Saudi government claimed Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a ‘fistfight’

Most Read