July without rain means campfire bans

This is the first year since 1958 the entire month of July was without any precipitation in Parksville Qualicum Beach

  • Aug. 1, 2013 3:00 p.m.

July went by without any precipitation this year, the first time it’s been that way since 1958, which has prompted campfire bans up and down the Island.

Effective at noon today, all open fires, including campfires, are banned in all areas of the Coastal Fire Centre, except for the Fog Zone and Haida Gwaii. A map of the area covered by the campfire ban is available online at:  http://bcwildfire.ca/ftp/!Project/WildfireNews/7312013~94037_Coastal_Prohibition_20130730.jpg

The fire centre said this step is being taken to help prevent human-caused wildfires and  protect public safety. The fire danger rating is currently “high” to “extreme” throughout the Coastal Fire Centre.                                                     — NEWS Staff/Coastal Fire Centre