Open burn ban to be lifted Wednesday in coast fire region

Open burn ban to be lifted Wednesday in coast fire region
An open burn ban will be lifted at noon Wednesday within Coast Fire Centre jurisdiction.

Rain and cooler temperatures are prompting an open burn ban to be lifted by the Coastal Fire Centre at noon Wednesday.

Category 2 open fires will be permitted, along with the use of tiki torches, burn barrels, fireworks, sky lanterns and binary exploding targets.

Although there will be no open fire bans within the Coastal Fire Centre, local governments may still have their own restrictions in place and officials advise you to check with authorities before lighting a fire.

Anyone planning a Category 3 fire must obtain a burn registration number by calling 1-888-797-1717.

A Category 3 fire is one that burns material more than two metres high or three metres wide, stubble or grass more than 2,000 square metres, or two piles of any size.

The B.C. Wildfire Service says people lighting any permitted outdoor burning should take precautions including:

  • Ensure that enough people, water and tools are on hand to control the fire and stop it from escaping.
  • Do not burn in windy conditions. The weather can change quickly and the wind may carry embers to other combustible material and start new fires.
  • Create a fireguard around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Make sure the fire is fully extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.



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