The onset of cooler temperatures and more rainfall in September means all open fires will again be permitted by the Coastal Fire Center as of noon on Wednesday.
Located in Parksville, the Centre’s jurisdiction covers south coastal B.C. including Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and Haida Gwaii.
The Centre says the risk of wildfires has been reduced in the region so Category 2 open fires will be permitted, as well as the use of tiki torches, burn barrels, fireworks, and sky lanterns.
The ban was imposed in late May and covered the burning of any material (piled or unpiled) smaller than two metres high and three metres wide” and “the burning of stubble or grass over an area less than 2,000 square metres.”
Campfire and Category 3 open fire restrictions were not implemented this summer.
The Centre warns that local governments may still have separate restrictions in place so people should check with local authorities before light a fire of any size.