Campfire Ban in Effect for Coastal Fire Centre

August 17, 2016

Effective at noon on Aug. 17, 2016, campfires and Category 3 open fires will be prohibited throughout the Coastal Fire Centre.

Anyone lighting a campfire or conducting a Category 3 burn anywhere in the Coastal Fire Centre must extinguish any such fires by noon on Aug. 17, 2016. The existing Category 2 open burning prohibition remains in place.

A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online at

The Coastal Fire Centre is implementing the additional prohibitions due to increasing temperatures and because there is no precipitation currently forecasted for the region. This prohibition will remain in effect until Oct. 21, 2016, or the public is otherwise notified.

The following activities will not be allowed:

  • campfires, as defined by the Wildfire Regulation (burning of woody debris)
  • open fires (using woody debris) in an outdoor stove
  • tiki torches
  • the use of fireworks, firecrackers, sky lanterns, burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description
  • the use of binary exploding targets (e.g. for rifle target practice)

The campfire ban and Category 3 prohibition cover all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands within the Coastal Fire Centre. They do not apply within the boundaries of a local government that has wildfire prevention bylaws in place and is serviced by a fire department.

A map of the affected area is available online at

To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to