Open fire ban in effect on the Island as of May 18

The Coastal Fire Centre in Parksville announces a ban of certain open fires and fireworks on BC Parks and Crown land.

  • May. 16, 2012 10:00 a.m.

PARKSVILLE – Effective at noon on May 18, Category 2 open fires and fireworks will be prohibited across the Coastal Fire Centre, with the exception of Haida Gwaii and the Mount Waddington and Central Coast regional districts, to help prevent human-caused wildfires.

The ban will be in place until Sept. 15, or until the public is otherwise notified.

The ban does not prohibit campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller, or apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes. People lighting a campfire must maintain a fireguard by removing flammable debris from the campfire area, and they must have a hand tool or at least eight litres of water available nearby to properly extinguish the fire.

This ban covers all BC Parks and Crown and private lands, but does not apply within the boundaries of local governments that have forest fire prevention bylaws and are serviced by a fire department. Please check with civic authorities for any restrictions before lighting a fire.

— from the Coastal Fire Centre, Parksville