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General News · 15th September 2012
Bertha Jeffery
The Coastal Fire Centre is extending the restriction on Category 2 Open Burning until October 15., 2012 unless rescinded earlier. In addition we are also extending the prohibition on fireworks and burn barrels until October 15, 2012 unless rescinded earlier.

The Regional Districts included in these extensions are:
Group 2:

· Strathcona

Attached is a copy of the official order that has been submitted today. A media release will be sent out this afternoon.

The restriction covers all areas that do not have a bylaw that administers open fire use.

Category 2 Open Fire definition:

Category 2 open fire" means an open fire, other than a campfire, that

(a) burns material in one pile not exceeding 2 m in height and 3 m in width,

(b) burns material concurrently in 2 piles each not exceeding 2 m in height and 3 m in width, or

(c) burns stubble or grass over an area that does not exceed 0.2 ha;

Campfires cannot be larger than 0.5 metres by 0.5 metres – roughly a foot-and-a-half by a foot-and-a-half.
People must maintain a fireguard, which means scraping down the dirt and removing flammable debris – twigs, leaves and needles – from the campfire area. We recommended the guard be at least one-metre in diameter.
You must also have a hand tool, such as shovel, or at least eight litres of water nearby to properly extinguish a fire.