More water, fire restrictions in Parksville Qualicum Beach

Fireworks now banned — the range of fines for non-compliance is $150-$400

  • Jun. 18, 2015 12:00 p.m.

As drought conditions continue across the province and in particular on Vancouver Island, fire restrictions have been expanded to help prevent wildfires in our region.

At this time, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires are prohibited throughout the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction. This prohibition is intended to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. The prohibition covers all B.C. Parks, Crown lands and private lands within the Coastal Fire Centre. A map of the affected area is available at http://bit.ly/1e0E97a

The prohibition includes:

• Burning of any material (piled or unpiled) smaller than two metres in height and three metres in width.

• Burning of stubble or grass fires over an area less than 2,000 square metres.

• Use of fireworks, firecrackers, sky lanterns, burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description.

• Use of binary exploding targets (such as for rifle target practice).

The prohibition does not apply to campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller and does not apply to cooking stoves which use gas, propane or briquettes.

The City of Parksville’s Fireworks Regulation Bylaw No. 1427 includes a range of fines between $150 and $400 related to the possession and prohibition fireworks discharge without a permit.

— City of Parksville news release