Open burning is now ban in Town of Qualicum Beach. (Submitted photo)

Open burning is now ban in Town of Qualicum Beach. (Submitted photo)

Qualicum Beach bans open burning starting June 30

Prohibition includes campfires, beach fires and fireworks

The Town of Qualicum has imposed a ban on open burning starting on Wednesday, June 30.

The ban will include campfires, beach fires and fireworks. They will be prohibited within the entire Qualicum Beach Fire Protection area to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.

The ban has been implemented by the Qualicum Beach fire chief in conjunction with BC Wildfire Services. This means no fires bigger than two meters in height by three meter wide.

This ban applies to open fires of any size, campfires, fireworks, sky lanterns, tiki torches, and burning barrels. The ban does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to portable campfire apparatus with a CSA or ULC rating using briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel, that are not capable of producing a flame longer than 15 centimetres. Portable campfire apparatus that do not meet these conditions are prohibited.

To report a fire contact:

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

• Open fire in the Qualicum Beach Fire Protection Area: 250-752-6232

• Beach fires: 1877-952-7277

• Wildfire reporting: 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on a cell

For further information on provincial wildfire activity, conditions and prohibitions, visit the Wildfire Management Branch website at bcwildfire.ca.

— NEWS Staff

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