Fire bans to be implemented across Coastal Fire Centre on Friday

Fire bans to be implemented across Coastal Fire Centre on Friday
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Category 2 fires, like the one shown in this picture, will be banned in the Coastal Fire Centre as of noon on May 17.

Starting on Friday fire bans will be implemented across the Coastal Fire Centre, which covers all of Vancouver Island.

Category 2 and 3 fires will be banned starting at noon on Friday in all of the Coastal Fire Centre.

Category 1 fires, or campfires, will still be allowed after the ban on Friday, however, some jurisdictions have a permanent ban on campfires so residents are encouraged to check with local governments before lighting any fires.

In addition to category 2 and 3 fires, fireworks, sky lanterns, binary exploding targets, burn barrels or cages, and air curtain burners are banned.

A campfire is defined as a fire that is a maximum of half-metre high by a half-metre wide. The ban also excludes cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.

“Anyone lighting a campfire must maintain a fireguard by removing flammable debris from around the campfire area and have a hand tool or at least eight litres of water available nearby to properly extinguish the fire,” Coastal Fire Centre said in a news release.

Anyone found to be contravening the ban can receive a ticket of $1,150 or be required to pay an administrative penalty of up to $10,000. If convicted in court, the person can be fined up to $100,000 and/or be sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention lead to a wildfire, the person may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

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A map of the Coastal Fire Centre.

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