Campfire ban lifted in Parksville Qualicum Beach

Effective at noon today (Aug. 28), campfires will once again be permitted throughout the Coastal Fire Centre's jurisdiction, including Parksville Qualicum Beach, according to a CFC news release.

The release states that lifting the ban comes due to a forecast of cooler weather "which will result in a decreased wildfire risk in the region."

Campfires and open fires in an outdoor stove are now permitted, however, the release said small backyard burning piles remain prohibited.

Anyone found in violation of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket of up to $345 or, if convicted in court, may be fined up to $100,000 and sentenced to one year in jail.

The Coastal Fire Centre's open fire prohibitions cover all B.C. Parks, Crown lands and private lands, but do not apply within the boundaries of local governments that have forest fire prevention bylaws and are serviced by fire departments.

Officials with both the City of Parksville and Town of Qualicum Beach confirmed Wednesday the lifting of the ban includes those communities. Regional District of Nanaimo officials said the fire ban remains in place for Horne Lake Provincial Park.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or non-compliant open burning, call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.

— Submitted by the Coastal

Fire Centre

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