South Coast campfire ban lifted, but larger fires remain outlawed

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
September 11, 2018 - 9:37am Updated: September 11, 2018 - 11:02am

Cooler, wet weather has led the Coastal Fire Centre Zone to lift a long-standing campfire ban. File photo/NanaimoNewsNOW

NANAIMO — The Coastal Fire Centre  has given the go-ahead for campfires on Vancouver Island and the southern B.C. coast after a prolonged ban of nearly three months.

Campfires will be permitted as of noon on Tuesday, Sept. 11 throughout the Coastal Fire Centre zone, which also gives the green light for the use of portable campfires and chimney stoves.

However, the Centre said local jurisdictions have their own burning restrictions and people are encouraged to check with them prior to lighting fires of any size.

A ban on larger Category 2 and 3 open fires remains in effect throughout the area, with the exception being a thin strip of land spanning Vancouver Island's west side. Category 2 and 3 open fires includes grass burning of any size, sky lanterns, fireworks, as well as the use of burn barrels and target practice for shooting.

The CFC reported 135 human caused wildfires in their area, exceeding the 10-year average.

In late August, the province announced nearly 13,000 square kilomters of land had burned from wildfires this year, surpassing the previous record-setting season established last year.


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