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General News · 2nd August 2014
Bertha Jeffery
8/1/2014 11:47 AM
PARKSVILLE -- Effective at noon on Aug. 1, 2014, campfires will once again be prohibited in all areas of the Coastal Fire Centre, with the exception of Haida Gwaii and the coastal area known as the "fog zone".

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 boundary of the District of Port Hardy. This strip extends inland two kilometres from the hightide
point.

A map of the areas affected by the prohibition is available online at:http://bit.ly/1uHHGgU

The Coastal Fire Centre is implementing this campfire ban due to increasing temperatures and no precipitation in the forecast. This is the second strong drying period of the summer, with lightning in the forecast through the long weekend. Public assistance is needed to reduce the number of human-caused fires and enable crews to respond to naturally occurring wildfires.

The following uses will not be allowed:
• campfires, as defined by the wildfire regulation
• open fires in an outdoor stove

This prohibition does not apply to CSA-rated or ULC-rated cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to a portable campfire apparatus that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel,so long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres. The use of tiki torches, fireworks
or sky lanterns is also prohibited.

This prohibition covers all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands, but does not apply within the boundaries of local governments that have forest fire prevention bylaws and are serviced by fire departments. Please check with local governments for any other restrictions before
lighting a fire.

Category 3 open fires continue to be restricted throughout the Coastal Fire Centre's jurisdiction. Small backyard burning piles (Category 2 fires) remain prohibited within the Coastal Fire Centre, except in Haida Gwaii and the "fog zone".

Category 2 burning includes:
• the burning of any material in piles larger than a half-metre high by a half-metre wide, up
to two metres high by three metres wide
• the burning of stubble or grass up to 0.2 hectares in size