Coastal Fire Centre Lifts Campfire and Open Fire Bans

September 1, 2016

Effective at noon on Sept. 1, 2016, campfires and Category 3 open fires will once again be permitted throughout the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction.

Rain has fallen in all areas of the Coastal Fire Centre in recent days and more rain is in the forecast, which has reduced the wildfire risk in the region.

Members of the public are encouraged to visit www.bcwildfire.ca to get the latest information about open burning prohibitions in their area. A map showing all current prohibitions in the Coastal Fire Centre is available online at http://ow.ly/JPNX303Mcc5

Local governments may still have their own burning restrictions in place, so always check with local authorities before lighting any fire of any size.

  • Campfires cannot be larger than a half-metre wide by a half-metre high. People who light campfires are reminded to have a hand tool (such as a shovel) or at least eight litres of water available nearby to fully extinguish the campfire.
  • Tiki torches will also be permitted throughout the Coastal Fire Centre.
  • Anyone lighting a Category 3 fire must first obtain a burn registration number by calling 1 888 797-1717. A Category 3 fire is a fire that burns: material more than two metres high or three metres wide; stubble or grass over more than 2,000 square metres; or more than two piles of any size.
  • A poster explaining the different categories of open fires is available online at http://ow.ly/jdO5301kS32

Anyone who lights a fire must comply with air quality control legislation and must have sufficient personnel, water and tools on hand to stop the fire from escaping.

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a violation ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.