Coastal Fire Centre rescinds prohibition on open burning on Vancouver Island

Coastal Fire Centre rescinds prohibition on open burning on Vancouver Island
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The Coastal Fire Centre has announced that it will be recinding its current prohibition on open burning, effective as of 12:00 p.m. Thursday, September 16.

According to the Coastal Fire Centre, all open fires will again be permitted within the jurisdiction by tomorrow.

The centre outlines that it is rescinding the prohibition as a result of recent rainfall that has reduced the wildfire risk in the region.

Seasonal temperatures have also returned and the hot, dry conditions are no longer posing heightened risks.

By rescinding the prohibition, it means that that campfires, Category 2 and 3 open fires, and Resource Management Burning will be permitted everywhere in the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdictional area.

The Coastal Fire Centre points out, however, that local governments may still have their own burning restrictions in place and people intending to light a fire should always check with authorities.

The following activities are no longer restricted:

  • the use of burning barrels and burning cages;
  • the use of air curtain burners;
  • the use of binary exploding targets;
  • the use of sky lanterns;
  • the use of fireworks, including firecrackers.

“The public is asked to undertake open burning responsibly and to follow guidance to ensure their burning is conducted in a safe manner,” reads a statement from the Coastal Fire Centre.

Another thing to note is for anyone burning a Category 3 fire must first obtain a burn registration number by calling 1 888 797-1717.

More information on Category 3 fires can be found online here:

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