Fires okay—for now

Campfires are now permitted throughout the Coastal Fire Centre's jurisdiction.

Effective at noon on July 23, 2014, campfires will once again be permitted throughout the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction. The Coastal Fire Centre is rescinding its campfire prohibition due to forecasted cool and rainy weather conditions.

The following uses will now be allowed:

• campfires, as defined in the wildfire regulation;

• open fires in an outdoor stove.

The long-term forecast, however, is for a return to hot and dry conditions after the weekend. These conditions will likely result in the reintroduction of a campfire ban prior to the August long weekend, said the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources in a release.

The release contains a reminder that campfires cannot be larger than a half-metre high by a half metre wide. Anyone who lights a fire must have a hand tool such a shovel or at least eight litres of water available to fully extinguish it. Never leave a campfire unattended and make sure that the ages are completely cool 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 fog zone.

Category 3 open fires continue to be restricted throughout the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction.

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