Fire Rating: Extreme – Complete Ban on Open Fires. Be extra vigilant extinguishing Cigarettes!

Enforcement officers will be patrolling areas with a history of open burn violations to issue tickets to people participating in any prohibited activity. A ticket for lighting, fuelling or use of fire against regulations carries a fine of $1,150 and would apply to every person in the vicinity of the fire.

Where open fires are prohibited, the following activities are also prohibited:

  • Open fires of woody debris in outdoor stoves, and back yard fire pits.
  • Tiki torches, 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 current prohibition does not apply to CSA-rated or ULC-rated cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to a portable campfire apparatus that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel, so long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres.

Section 2, Fail to report fire: $383 Section 3 (1), Drop, release or mishandle burning substance: $575
Section 3 (2), Fail to extinguish burning substance: $575
Section 5 (1), Light, fuel or use fire against regulations: $1,150
Section 5 (2) (a), Fail to extinguish fire: $575
Section 5 (2) (b), Fail to report fire: $575

Donna MacPherson or Marg Drysdale Fire Information Officer BC Wildfire Service Coastal Fire Centre 250 951-4209.

Smokers please be extremely careful with cigarettes.  Do not smoke in wooded areas and make sure cigarettes are completely extinguished.

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