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Campfires to be banned as of noon on Thursday

The Coastal Fire Centre is planning to implement a ban on campfires that will come into effect at noon Thursday to help reduce the risk of wildfires in the region.

The ban will prohibit campfires in all coastal regions except Haida Gwaii and includes all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands within the Coastal Fire Centre unless specified in local government bylaws.

The following also are not permitted in the Coastal Fire Centre:

  • Fireworks
  • Sky Lanterns
  • Binary Exploding Targets
  • Burn Barrels or Burn Cages of any size or description
  • Air Curtain Burners

It doesn’t apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or portable campfire devices as long as they are approved by the CSA or ULC, and the flames produced are less than 15 centimetres high.

A fine of $1,150 may be issued if open ban restrictions are broken or up to $100,000 or a year in jail if convicted in court, according to BC Wildfire Service.

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The Coastal Fire Centre says we’re now in a period of increased wildfire risk in the region.

All category 2 and 3 fires, backyard and industrial burning, have been prohibited since July 15.

The fire danger rating is high for most of Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.

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