Campfire Ban Rescinded

September 18, 2017

BC Wildfire Service has rescinded the campfire prohibition that was in effect.  The use of tiki torches, outdoor stoves, gas stoves and other portable campfire equipment is also now permitted.  The current prohibition on Category 2 and Category 3 open fires remains in place.

Members of the public are reminded to:

  • Select the campfire site carefully and remove all leaves, twigs and other flammable material from the area.
  • Create a fire break by scraping away debris right down to the dirt all around the fire.
  • Use a fire pit or put a ring of rocks around the campfire site that is at least three metres away from trees, shrubs, structures and other flammable materials.
  • Campfires must not be bigger than a half-metre wide and a half-metre high.
  • Never leave a campfire unattended and always keep at least eight litres of water or a shovel close by to extinguish the campfire properly.
  • Make sure that your campfire is completely extinguished before going to sleep.  Ensure that the fire is completely extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of up to $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.

To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on a cellphone.