Campfire ban still remains on Vancouver Island, excluding fog zone

Campfire ban still remains on Vancouver Island, excluding fog zone

File photo.

File photo.

Some regions of B.C. are seeing campfire bans lifted because of rain and cooler temperatures reducing wildfire risks, but a campfire ban remains in place on Vancouver Island.

The B.C. Wildfire service says campfires will be allowed on Haida Gwaii, but are still prohibited for most of the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction.

The two-kilometre strip of land along the outer coast of Vancouver Island known as the “fog zone” is not under the ban.

The wildfire service fully rescinded campfire bans throughout Prince George, Cariboo and Kamloops Fire Centres, effective at noon Friday.

Activities that remain prohibited throughout the Coastal Fire Centre, except in the fog zone on Vancouver Island include:

* Category 2 and Category 3 open fires, as defined in the Wildfire Regulation

* stubble or grass burning of any size

* the use of air curtain burners (forced-air burning systems)

* the use of sky lanterns

* the use of fireworks, including firecrackers

* the use of burn barrels or burning cages of any size or description

* the use of binary exploding targets (e.g., for target practice)

The province says chimineas or outdoor fireplaces, tiki torches, stoves and portable campfire devices that are not CSA-approved or ULC-approved can only be used only in the fog zone and on Haida Gwaii.


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