As a result of hot, dry conditions, the City of Campbell River has issued a total fire ban that comes into effect on Friday, June 21 at noon. The ban extends to recreational fires such as beach fires, as well as campfires on private land. “We know people love to have summer campfires and fires on the beach, but the fire risk is too great at this point,” says Campbell River Fire Chief Thomas Doherty.The ban does include exceptions for cooking stoves that use gas or propane, as well as portable campfires that use briquettes. However, this may change in the case of extreme fire conditions. “We appreciate everyone’s assistance in doing their part to prevent fires in our community. We will continue to monitor conditions, and if the weather changes and the risk drops enough, we will let people know when and how they can have recreational fires in Campbell River,” Doherty said. Other activities that are currently prohibited are burning barrels and cages, fireworks, firecrackers and sky lanterns.