Campfire bans on Vancouver Island to lift on Wednesday

Campfire bans on Vancouver Island to lift on Wednesday

Campfire bans and other fire bans will be lifting across the Coastal Fire Centre, including Vancouver Island, on Sept. 27 at noon.

The bans have been in effect on the Island since June 8 and open fires have been banned since May 18 given the dry conditions in the region.

At noon on Wednesday, the bans for category 1, 2 and 3 fires will lift.

“This means that all open burning will once again be permitted within the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction,” a release from the Coastal Fire Centre says.

Other previously banned activities will also be permitted, including tiki or similar torches, chimineas, outdoor stoves or other portable campfire apparatus’, fireworks including firecrackers, sky lanterns, binary exploding targets, burn barrels or cages, and air curtain banners.

However, Coastal Fire Centre continues people to urge caution to prevent starting a wildfire.

“Human-caused wildfires are completely preventable and divert critical resources away from lightning-caused fires,” the release says. “Always practice safe, responsible fire use where permitted.”

On Sept. 28, the fire danger rating for Vancouver Island was rated at very low for Central and North Island and low for the South Island.

On Vancouver Island there are still 24 active wildfires, however, none are out of control. Most are “being held” with some being rated as “under control.”

In the province there are 384 active wildfires. Six are fires of note, 109 out of control, 165 being held and 110 under control. Most of the wildfires in the province have been sparked by lightning.

Laura BroughamLaura Brougham

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