Open burning campfires are banned within the City of Parksville and its surrounding fire protection areas, until further notice. (File photo)

Open burning campfires are banned within the City of Parksville and its surrounding fire protection areas, until further notice. (File photo)

Open burning and outdoor fires prohibited in Parksville Fire Protection Area

Beach fires in wildlife management area always banned by province

Parksville Fire Rescue is reminding residents of the Parksville Fire Protection Area that all open burning and outdoor fires, excluding cooking fires, are prohibited.

The department also wishes to remind residents beach fires in the Parksville Qualicum Wildlife Management Area are always prohibited by provincial legislation. At this time, campfires are allowed, according to a news release by the fire department.

The sale of any type of fireworks is prohibited in Parksville and all fireworks are banned within city limits. This includes the possession of consumer fireworks. Fireworks should not be purchased elsewhere and brought into the city. A person may not fire or discharge fireworks unless authorized by a permit (permits are only issued to applicants with a fireworks supervisor and/or pyrotechnics certification card as issued by Natural Resources Canada).

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The Parksville Fire Protection Area encompasses the City of Parksville and contract areas within the Regional District of Nanaimo, which include San Pareil, Morningstar, Columbia Beach, French Creek, the Fourneau Road, Wildgreen and Martindale Road areas, as well as the Forever Green Estates.

The burning bylaw for the City of Parksville may be viewed at the city’s website.

Reporting should be as follows:

• Fire emergency (threat to lives and/or property) – 911

• Open fire in the Parksville Fire Protection Area – 250-248-3242

• Beach fires (RAPP line) – 1-877-952-7277

• Fireworks – RCMP

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions and air quality advisories, refer to BC Wildfire Service.

BC Wildfire Service has a mobile app with real-time wildfire information and an interactive map that users can customize to display fire-related data. The new app is one of many proactive initiatives undertaken by the BC Wildfire Service to give members of the public, media and stakeholders access to consistent, accurate and timely wildfire information throughout the province.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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