Forests Minister Steve Thomson unveils a new ad campaign to remind people of increased fire regulation fines and enforcement as the May long weekend kicks off camping season.

Fire warning issued for weekend campers

Campfires are still allowed, but larger fires are banned in much of B.C. and fines for breaking fire restrictions have been tripled

No campfire restrictions are in place as B.C. approaches the traditional start of the outdoor recreation season, but a rash of early-season human-caused forest fires has prompted a warning from the B.C. government to take care in the woods.

Forests Minister Steve Thomson says a new advertising campaign begins this week on TV and social media to remind people about increased fines in effect for violating fire restrictions.

The fine for failing to comply with fire restrictions is increased from $345 to $1,150. A new penalty of failing to comply with a stop-work order made because of fire risk will carry a maximum penalty of $100,000 and one year in prison.

While small campfires have not yet been restricted, open fire bans are in effect for the Coastal, Kamloops and Cariboo fire protection regions, covering much of the province. Open fires are defined as waste or slash larger than one half metre square, with smaller fires considered campfires under the regulations.

“This is the time to prune and pile, but not to burn,” Thomson said, and enforcement officers will be out on patrol starting on the Victoria Day long weekend.

Open fire bans also apply to burning barrels and fireworks because of the potential to scatter sparks.

 

Just Posted

VIDEO: North Island Atom Eagles tie Victoria Ice Hawks, fall in rematch

The North Island Atom Eagles will be back in league play action at home in January.

Strong winds expected to hit north, west Vancouver Island: Environment Canada

Environment Canada said southeast winds will reach speeds of 70 to 90 kilometres per hour

Town of Port McNeill hesitates on replacing harbour’s dock and ramp

“The danger is the longer we hold on to awarding the bid, the closer we get to the tourist season”

It’s the last day to vote in B.C.’s referendum on electoral reform

Ballots must now be dropped off in person to meet the deadline of 4:30 p.m.

Property assessments to rise again on Vancouver Island

Some areas could see their assessments spike as much as 20 per cent

Lawyer for Chinese exec detained by Canada says it’s ‘inconceivable’ she would flee

Meng Wanzhou was detained at the request of the U.S. during a layover at the Vancouver airport

Omar Khadr to ask for Canadian passport to travel, permission to speak to sister

He spent years in U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay after he was caught when he was 15

One of Tori Stafford’s killers transferred to medium-security prison

Michael Rafferty was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 in the kidnapping, sexual assault and first-degree murder of Tori Stafford

‘Abhorrent’ condition of autistic B.C. boy shows flaws in care system: report

‘Charlie’ was underweight and ‘covered in feces’ when he was removed from his mom’s care

Military closes book on oft-criticized support unit for ill, injured troops

The transition unit will provide support and services to military members struggling with physical and mental injuries so they can return to work.

Vancouver Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson named NHL’s first star of the week

Canucks centre scored two goals and six assists in three games

Protester says Canada doing U.S. ‘dirty work’ outside Huawei exec’s bail hearing

The U.S. wants to extradite Meng to face fraud allegations after Canada arrested the high-profile technology executive.

Union says arrows and gasoline tossed at striking Comox Valley assisted living workers

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith says arrows and gasoline were thrown at the picketers early in the week

Most Read